Fundação Renova

The Construction of Gesteira


ABOUT THE DISTRICT

Located 18 km from Barra Longa (MG), the district of Gesteira Velha was one of the towns affected by the collapse of the Fundao dam on November 5, 2015. The daily routine and way of life of the community that lived on the banks of the Gualaxo do Norte river was ripped away. In all, twenty families, eight houses, one shop, eleven lots, one Catholic church, one soccer field and one school were affected.

Over the years, the town of Gesteira has been marked by environmental disasters. In 1979, the town was flooded by the Gualaxo do Norte River. The residents took refuge on a neighboring site located in a higher part of the region. This area was donated by a local farmer to families to rebuild their lives. Together, the residents built their new houses, their recreational areas, shops, sports court, square, their backyards, sites for raising livestock and cultivation. This way, Gesteira was divided into two: the Old, the lower part, and the New, the top, now called Mutirao. This part also suffered damages due to the collapse.

Since the collapse, emergency actions have been implemented such as financial aid, temporary housing in Mariana, Barra Longa and Gesteira, where the families currently reside, health care and psychosocial assistance. The Municipal School Gustavo Capanema was rebuilt and the square and the sports court of the village were renovated.

The serious consequences of the dam collapse have generated work focused on the resettlement of the community in a collective way in which all the residents of the place of origin will have the option to move to a new common space, maintaining, as much as possible, characteristics of the place they came from. The need to build the settlement and re-establish its conditions and ways of life reinforces the central focus of the Renova Foundation on the resettlements.

In the case of Gesteira, the community selected the land, along with the technical advisory body, and followed the following steps:

The Construction of Gesteira

UNDERSTAND THE PROCESS

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THE GESTEIRA SCHOOL WAS RECONSTRUCTED IN BARRA LONGA, MAIN TOWN OF THE DISTRICT. PHOTO: GUSTAVO BAXTER / NITRO

THE GESTEIRA SCHOOL WAS RECONSTRUCTED IN BARRA LONGA, MAIN TOWN OF THE DISTRICT. PHOTO: GUSTAVO BAXTER / NITRO

IN DECEMBER, THE RENOVA FOUNDATION SIGNED THE PURCHASE AGREEMENT OF THE LAND WHERE THE COMMUNITY WILL BE BUILT. PHOTO: GUSTAVO BAXTER / NITRO

IN DECEMBER, THE RENOVA FOUNDATION SIGNED THE PURCHASE AGREEMENT OF THE LAND WHERE THE COMMUNITY WILL BE BUILT. PHOTO: GUSTAVO BAXTER / NITRO

IN ADDITION TO THE RESIDENCES, A CHURCH, A PAROCHIAL HALL AND A SOCCER FIELD WILL BE BUILT ON THE SITE. PHOTO: GUSTAVO BAXTER / NITRO

IN ADDITION TO THE RESIDENCES, A CHURCH, A PAROCHIAL HALL AND A SOCCER FIELD WILL BE BUILT ON THE SITE. PHOTO: GUSTAVO BAXTER / NITRO

THE ACQUIRED AREA IS 40.41 HECTARES, IS LOCATED TWO KILOMETERS FROM THE OLD DISTRICT AND WAS CHOSEN BY THE COMMUNITY. PHOTO: GUSTAVO BAXTER / NITRO

THE ACQUIRED AREA IS 40.41 HECTARES, IS LOCATED TWO KILOMETERS FROM THE OLD DISTRICT AND WAS CHOSEN BY THE COMMUNITY. PHOTO: GUSTAVO BAXTER / NITRO

At the photo, the reconstructed of Gesteira´s bridge

At the photo, the reconstructed of Gesteira´s bridge

At the photo, the reconstructed of Gesteira´s school

At the photo, the reconstructed of Gesteira´s school

Recovery of homes affected

Recovery of homes affected

At the photo, revegetation on the banks of the Gualaxo do Norte River, which was affected after the leakage of the dam from the Fundão dam

At the photo, revegetation on the banks of the Gualaxo do Norte River, which was affected after the leakage of the dam from the Fundão dam

At the photo, cleaning is next Gesteira

At the photo, cleaning is next Gesteira

Technical Visit to the District of Gesteira - Barra Longa - Under the Land Regulations where the community may be rebuilt

Technical Visit to the District of Gesteira - Barra Longa - Under the Land Regulations where the community may be rebuilt

At the photo, reconstruction of some rural property of Gesteira, destroyed by the tailings of the dam of Fundão

At the photo, reconstruction of some rural property of Gesteira, destroyed by the tailings of the dam of Fundão

In the photo, buildings of Gesteira affected by the tailings of the dam of Fundão

In the photo, buildings of Gesteira affected by the tailings of the dam of Fundão

Timeline

ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS

Technical Studies | Gesteira

ACCOMPANY OTHER RESETTLEMENT PROCESSES

Bento Rodrigues

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