Fundação Renova

Common Questions

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The indemnity values for each damage and the criteria adopted throughout the program were previously discussed and presented to the public authorities (public defender’s office, state secretariats, among others), technical reference entities (Embrapa, Incaper, Emater, Sinduscon, among others) and validated through direct dialogue with the impacted communities from Barra Longa to Regência, at the Doce River estuary.

By the end of September 2020, the Renova Foundation had paid R$ 2.65 billion in indemnities and financial aid. A total of 10,257 indemnity payments were made for general damages for the overall amount of R$ 905.5 million.

Whereas the emergency financial aid program reached a total of 33 thousand people, 18,133 of whom were dependents, through 14,754 primary beneficiaries. Each of them received a monthly sum corresponding to the current minimum wage, plus 20% per dependent. The amount equivalent to a DIEESE basic-needs grocery package, which may vary depending on the month and state. The amount paid in Emergency Financial Aid (AFE) amounted to approximately R$ 1.43 billion in September 2020.

The Mediated Indemnity Program – Water Damage (PIM-DA) was destined for all people living in towns and districts deprived of their water supply or distribution for more than 24 consecutive hours due to the Fundao dam collapse in November 2015. As many as 270 thousand people received indemnities through the program in the states of Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo, accounting for 99.9% of those affected. A total of R$ 282.1 million was paid.

The indemnities that have already had formalized agreements between the Renova Foundation and the affected parties are the cases in which a minimum of proof of causality and eligibility was made, now remaining the cases in which the person who declares himself affected cannot prove the alleged damage and the Renova Foundation, consequently, is unable to process.

Yes. Those interested may refrain from participating in the program at any time, free of charge. If after refraining the interested part wishes to return to the program, he/she can only enter again by scheduling a new appointment, returning to the beginning of the process.

The indemnity of all those affected is a central task in the reparation process. To create a quick alternative to the judicialization process, the proposal of the Mediated Indemnity Program (PIM), a free voluntary membership program, was collectively built.

The PIM acts with people who have lost their income or material property, which is called General damage. The Water Damage, aimed at those who lived in the cities and districts that had the water supply interrupted for more than 24 hours, has already been finalized.

It was necessary to draw up guidelines and policies aimed at repairing those who were entitled to financial compensation taking into account the diversity of damages, the high rate of informality, and the particularities of each process. Fair compensation presupposes knowing the extent of the damage and impact for each individual.

This indemnity program is the first of its scale in the world. For how unprecedented and complex the quantity and diversity of people and types of damages have been, for its territorial extent and, especially, for its highly informal circumstances, most of the damage cannot be proved with documentation.

Despite these highly informal circumstances, the Renova Foundation disbursed, until September 2020, more than R$ 2.65 billion in indemnities and financial aid. The emergency financial aid program currently assists 14,754 primary beneficiaries, serving more than 33 thousand affected people. These families receive a monthly sum corresponding to a current minimum wage, plus 20% per dependent, in addition to the amount equivalent to a DIEESE basic-needs grocery package, which may vary depending on the month and state.

The Foundation

Registry of affected

Financial aid card


Tailings Management