Amazon Case Study: “River Uber”

By AQ Online

2.4 million square miles worth of waterways can be the answer for the region’s logistics bottlenecks.

This article is part of AQ’s special report on sustainable development of the Amazon. Reliable transportation remains a major hurdle for business in the Amazon — and a barrier between locals and access to education, shopping and jobs. Then there is the world’s largest river network. About 30% of urban communities in the state of Amazonas are accessible only by boat. “Our rivers are our roads,” said Geferson Oliveira, founder of Navegam, an app to connect boat owners and users. In 2012, OIiveira lost a job for lack of transportation. “I could only reach the...

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