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 indemnified sums for each type of damage and the criteria adopted for the entire program were discussed previously and then presented to public authorities (public defenders, state secretary, and others), leading technical entities (Embrapa, Incaper, Emater, Sinduscon, and others), and validated through direct dialogue with the impacted communities from Barra Longa to Regencia, in the Doce River Mouth.

By late July 2020, the Renova Foundation had paid R$ 2,57 billion in indemnities and financial aid. A total of R$914,6 million were paid in indemnities for general damages in 10.113 cases.

In its turn, the emergency financial assistance program reached a total of 33 thousand people, 18.158 of whom were dependents, through 14,758 primary beneficiaries. Each of them received a monthly sum corresponding to the current minimum wage plus 20% per dependent, and the amount equivalent to a DIEESE basic-needs grocery package, which may vary depending on the month and state. AFE payments totaled approximately R$ 1.38 billion in July 2020.

The Water Damage Mediated Indemnity Program (PIM-DA) was destined to all people living in cities 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 267 thousand people received indemnities through the program in the states of Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo, accounting for 99% of those affected. A total of R$ 227.5 million were paid.

In cases where indemnity agreements were already formalized between the Renova Foundation and the affected party, only minimum proof of causality and eligibility was required, leaving cases in which applicants are unable to prove the alleged damage. As a result, the Renova Foundation is unable to address it.

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.

Indemnifying all affected parties is the main task of the reparation process. We collectively built the proposal for the Mediated Indemnity Program (PIM), a free voluntary membership program, as an alternative to the judicialization process.

PIM addresses General Damage, and is aimed at helping people who have lost their income or material assets. Water Damage is designed for people who lived in towns and districts that had their water supply cut-off for more than 24 hours, and is currently through.

Guidelines and policies had to be created to indemnify people who are entitled to financial compensation, accounting for the diversity of damages, high levels of informality and the peculiarities of each process. For compensation to be fair, we must know the extent of the damage and impact on every 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 setting, where most of the damage cannot be proved with documentation.

Despite this high informality, by July 2020, the Renova Foundation had given out over R$2.57 billion in indemnities and financial aid. The emergency financial aid program currently assists 14,758 primary beneficiaries, serving about 33 thousand affected people. These families receive a monthly amount 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 from month to month and state to state.

The Foundation

Registry of affected

Financial aid card


Tailings Management