After two decades of people living illegally in the Vidigal slums, the city of Rio de Janeiro made decisions that caused the eviction and demolition of shacks in the community. Failure to remove this residue, in addition to the limited garbage collection, led to the accumulation of more than 16 tons of trash. Residents, along with the leadership of Mauro Quintanilha Paulinho, Pedro Henrique Cristo, and Caroline Shannon took action into their own hands and organized a task force to collect these wastes. Through this initiative, residents began to work on reforestation projects, recycling, landscaping, urban agriculture, and improved access to the park. In 2012, the Secretariat of Environment of Rio de Janeiro recognized the Sitiê Park as the first agro-forest town.