15 families will be part of the pilot project and the mobilization will be led by the Community Center for Culture and Development
The Barra Longa City Hall, in Minas Gerais, approved a work plan presented in early August for the development of productive yards in the municipality. 15 families will be part of the pilot project and, with the results obtained from the analysis of sediment samples, productive systems will be implemented in the places impacted by the Fundao (MG) dam collapse.
The mobilization of families will be conducted by the Community Center for Culture and Development (CPCD) (CPCD), a partner NGO of the Renova Foundation that works in the areas of popular education and sustainable community development. The analysis of the collected material will be carried out on two fronts: one responsible for evaluating the presence of metals and other soil characteristics and another responsible for verifying fertility, at different times.
Based on the results, it will be decided with each owner the best way of acting and the production system to be implemented in their yard to then start the projects. With the work developed, the stage of engaging around 200 yards in Barra Longa will begin.
Forest restoration in rural areas
The implementation of forest restoration in areas that had tailings deposited between the Fundao dam and the Candonga Plant, in the municipalities of Mariana, Barra Longa, Rio Doce, Santa Cruz do Escalvado and Ponte Nova, was completed. The region covers a stretch of about 100 kilometers, where the Gualaxo do Norte, Carmo and Doce rivers are located, which suffered the first environmental impact with the passage of tailings. The work involved more than 200 rural properties, including individuals and legal entities, with adhesion and authorization for intervention.
Forest restoration on the tailings was based on results of scientific research that indicated the planting of native seedlings as being the most suitable measure to continue with the vegetation cover development actions, started after the collapse, added to the improvement of the affected forest formations. Improvements include fencing and planting native seedlings to enrich and conduct natural regeneration.