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Since 1975 in its Basic Plan of Environmental Conservation, Itaipu proposed the creation of a museum as one of the measures to mitigate the impact from building the plant in order to safe keep representative studies, research, and inventories kept by Itaipu before, during, and after the formation of the reservoir.

Therefore, on October 16, 1987, the Ecomuseum of Itaipu was created for the purpose of collection, research, conservation, interpretation, presentation, and explanation of a coherent set of natural and cultural elements representing the regional environment, using as its work base the link of the region (territory) with elements representing nature, cultural development (heritage), and with the local population (community).

In 2004, the actions under the responsibility of this unit of Itaipu’s memory and environmental education were realigned with the company's new mission and the foundations and concepts of the Cultivating Good Water program.

The general objective of the program is to recall, preserve, value, and share Itaipu’s historical-cultural, technical-scientific, and environmental heritage, making it a true instrument of communication and education for the present and future generations.
 
In order to meet the strategy and the objectives proposed, the program is developed by means of actions such as listed below:

- Conservation of the museum collection
- Gaining back and socialization of the institutional and regional memory by means of memory cycles and permanent, temporary, and itinerant exhibits
- Complementation of the museum’s circuit master pieces
- Technical documentation of Itaipu’s Ecomuseum
- Following the civil and mechanical infrastructure maintenance
 
The program has as its partners and direct beneficiaries public and private institutions and the regional community represented by artist associations, employees from 29 Cultural & Educational Departments in the Paraná River Watershed 3 (BP3), Museums, Cultural Centers, among other related institutions.

Indirectly, thousands of national and foreign tourists benefit from this initiative when visiting the circuit of permanent and temporary exhibits of the Ecomuseum with a monthly average of 2,000 people, reaching more than one million visitors during its 21 years of activity.

Every year the Regional and Institutional Memory Cycles are carried out in order to ensure the renewing and socialization of its memory and culture.

In the same way, four new exhibits are presented to the Ecomuseum public every year, two of which are art and two with social-environmental themes of the community’s and Itaipu’s interest.

In response to the regional demand and to the company’s social-environmental programs, the Ecomuseum also has three itinerant exhibits with historical and social reflection themes.

Also part of the program’s results the complement Ecomuseum’s circuit are the updated exhibits of long duration and the inclusion of the large external collections.

More recently, as a result of the partnerships established, the program has encouraged and streamlined the creation of Regional Networks of Culture, Memory, and Museums made up of representatives of public and private institutions and of Itaipu Binacional and of a Virtual Center of Regional Memory in phase of diagnosis and gathering of virtual collection.

Around 20,000 museum articles from Itaipu’s collection are routinely kept as a result of the technical-scientific actions developed in this program such as maquettes, aquarium-terrarium, and objects representing collections of archeology, geology, ethnography, history (insignias, commemorative objects, numismatic, machines, equipment, historical documents) fauna (entomology, taxidermy samples, and icthyofauna), botany (dried plants, fruit, seed, and wood collection, and herbarium), sciences & technology, and art.

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