Fundação Renova

Common Questions

Are you looking for information about the actions managed by the Renova Foundation in the municipalities affected by the collapse of the Fundão dam? See the frequently asked questions list or, if you prefer, contact our team through Contact Us.


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.

As of the end of August 2020, the Renova Foundation has paid R$ 2.60 billion in indemnities and financial aid. 10,185 indemnities were paid due to the general damages sustained, totaling R$ 919.4 million in payments.

The emergency financial aid program, in turn, amounts to  14,763 paid homeowners, adding up to about 33,000 people, of which 18,148 are dependents. For each homeowner, the amount corresponding to a current official minimum wage is paid every month, plus 20% per dependent, in addition to the equivalent price of a DIEESE basic food basket, an amount which may vary from month to month and is different in each state. The amount paid in AFE amounted to about R$ 1.40 billion in August 2020.

The Mediated Indemnity Program for Water Damage (PIM-DA) was designated to all people who lived in cities and districts where water supply and distribution was interrupted for more than 24 uninterrupted hours due to the collapse of the Fundão dam in November 2015. About 267 thousand people joined the program and were indemnified in the states of Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo, representing 99% acceptance by those affected. The amount paid totals R$ 227,5 million.

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.

The compensation program is an operation on a scale never seen in the world, considering the unprecedented and complex number  and diversity of people affected  and damages caused, the territorial extent and, especially, the  context of high informality, when most of the damages cannot be proved with documents.

Despite the context of high informality, the Renova Foundation disbursed, as of August 2020, more than R$ 2.60 billion in indemnities and financial aid. The emergency financial aid program, in turn, currently assists 14,763 homeowners, reaching about 33 thousand affected people. These families receive every month the amount corresponding to a current minimum wage, plus 20% per dependent, in addition to the amount equivalent to a basic Dieese food basket, an amount that may vary from month to month and is different in each state.

The Foundation

Registry of affected

Financial aid card


Tailings Management