The payment, fundamental for the revitalization of the Doce River, is one of the compensatory measures that Renova has taken on to set up
The Renova Foundation, through the Minas Gerais Development Bank (BDMG) and the Espirito Santo Development Bank (Bandes), will initiate the payment of R$ 500 million for projects related to sanitary sewage and appropriate disposal of solid waste for 39 municipalities along the Doce River basin.
This is one of the compensatory measures that Renova, responsible for the recovery of the impacts resulting from the Fundao dam collapse, in Mariana (MG), has taken on to set up. According to the Doce River Basin Committee (CBH-Doce), 80% of the domestic sewage generated by the towns along this basin is not treated, and is dumped directly into the waterways, polluting rivers and causing a strong impact on the population’s health.
Of the 39 municipalities that will be served by the compensatory program of the Renova Foundation, 27 do not have a sewage treatment system at all and only 6 treat more than 50% of the effluents. The remaining six treat a small part of the sewage, less than 50% of the generated volume. The municipalities will receive amounts ranging from R$ 2.8 million to R$ 76.3 million, depending on the number of inhabitants, the Municipal Participation Fund and the impacts suffered.
The payment through BDMG and Bandes aims to ensure the effective application of resources in projects and constructions for sanitary sewage and final disposal of solid waste. The resource will be released in installments and will be provided according to the physical-financial time frames and prior approval of the measurements and accountability. The Renova Foundation will also contract or establish partnerships for providing technical support services to assist municipalities in the development of the actions of the program. The technical support actions will be focused on the areas of competence of the municipal governments with banks, bidding processes, preparation/contracting of projects, contracting and coordination of constructions and management of implemented actions. “I strongly believe the project has the potential to attract new resources,” says Roberto S. Waack, president of the Renova Foundation.
Also within the scope of the program, the Renova Foundation signed a technical cooperation agreement with the Brazilian Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering (ABES-MG), a reference in the elaboration of technical standards and procedures related to basic sanitation. ABES will provide capacity building for the municipalities. Renova has also partnered up with the National Health Foundation (Funasa), which has recognized expertise in basic sanitation and will support especially the work in the municipalities that have less than 50 thousand inhabitants.
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