DIALOGUE

Renova Foundation has the listening, the dialogue, and the social participation as guiding practices for its actions with the affected communities. Engagement actions are fundamental for building the joint path.

  • More than 112 thousand people participated in meetings with the Renova Foundation
  • More than 4,000 collective dialogue meetings held – about 90 dedicated professionals
  • Approximately one thousand toll free calls answered per day
  • 17 face-to-face service centers in the impacted region
  • More than 160 professionals involved in the permanent channels of interaction with society
  • 9,224 manifestations registered with the Ombudsman – 76% concluded.

OMBUDSMAN: REGISTER AND INVESTIGATE COMPLAINTS RELATED TO DISSRESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND NON-COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS AND OBLIGATIONS

REGISTRATION

The Integrated Registration is the basis for recognizing the losses suffered by each individual. It is essential to create the database which defines the repair initiatives. Through this system, it becomes possible to characterize the extent of the impact for each person and to identify those affected and their material and economic losses.

  • 59,872 requests
  • 34,870 registrations sent to the CIF, corresponding to 30,395 families and 98,331 people

INDEMNITY

Renova Foundation has been working on the construction of indemnity solutions to compensate those affected by the Fundão dam collapse in Mariana (MG State). Tens of thousands of people spread over 39 municipalities suffered impacts of different nature and intensity: each case corresponds to an individualized damage assessment process. Renova Foundation works to complete the indemnity process, for example: agreements for different categories.

  • R$ 2.57 billion was paid in indemnities and financial aid to approximately 321 thousand people (water damage, general damages and AFE)
  • Approximately 500 professionals work in 22 offices across the impacted territory

MEDIATED INDEMNITY PROGRAM (PIM)

Payments to those affected by the proven damage of their economic activities and by the lack of drinking water supply after the dam collapse are carried out through the Foundation’s Mediated Indemnity Program (PIM), a free voluntary membership program.

Water Damage: paid to people who were left without supply and without water distribution for more than 24 hours after the dam collapse.

  • 320,178 people served
  • 270,372 of accepted proposals
  • 270,230 compensation paid (99.9% of accepted proposals)
  • R$ 280.7 million in payments

General Damage: for the reimbursement of victims who suffered moral and material damages, including lost profits from their economic activities.

  • 10,143 of accepted proposals
  • 10,113 indemnities paid
  • R$ 914.6 million in payments

EMERGENCY FINANCIAL AID

Renova Foundation pays a monthly financial aid to people who have suffered a direct impact on their economic or productive activity. The amount corresponds to a current minimum wage, plus 20% for each of the dependents and plus an amount equivalent to a basic food basket (Dieese reference).

  • 14,758 paid holders
  • 32,916 people served, of this total, 18,158 are dependent
  • R$ 1.38 billion paid in Emergency Financial Aid

R$ 1.8 BILLION WERE PAID IN CORRESPONDANCE TO INDEMNITY AND FINANCIAL AID TO 11.7 THOUSAND FISHERMEN

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Major Themes Indemnities

EDUCATION

The repair effectiveness involves education and social protagonism initiatives. The actions start from the concept of Education for Revitalization, which connects different visions of the future, with the training of young leaders, educators, strengthening of networks and communities of practices.

STRENGTHENING NETWORKS AND PUBLIC POLICIES (GOALS UNTIL 2028)

  • 135 institutions mobilized.
  • 135 projects implemented.
  • 135 educative collectives created.

TRAINING OF EDUCATORS AND EXPERIMENTAL SCHOOLS (GOALS UNTIL 2028)

  • 7,380 trained educators.
  • 1,620 supported experimental school projects.

YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING

The training of young leaders is at the forefront of the Renova Foundation strategies for education. The goal is to recognize them as fundamental actors in the repair process of the Doce River Basin, through educational and socio-environmental development processes. The youth leadership training project started in February 2020.

  • 1,200 young people, between 15 and 29 years old, will participate free of charge in territorial initiatives aimed at environmental, social, economic, and cultural revitalization in the municipalities affected in Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo States.
    The action is developed in partnership with five institutions selected in 2019, through a call for tender: Popular Center for Culture and Development (CPCD); Geraldo Perlingeiro Abreu Foundation; Integrated Center for Sustainable Development Studies and Programs (CIEDS); Minas Gerais Association of Agricultural Family Schools (AMEFA); and Lumiar Ambiental.

Since 2018, Renova Foundation has been working to engage young leaders to think about the future of the Doce River Basin. Educational and leadership training initiatives were carried out with 90 young people from 22 municipalities. Participants learned to develop projects and initiatives in the areas of sustainable development, innovation and preservation and cultural rescue of communities affected by the Fundão dam collapse through education. Currently, 23 projects are being implemented in the communities.

EDUCATION RESOURCES

In an integrated action between the Renova Foundation, the governments of Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo States, with the participation of the Forum of Mayors of the Doce River, more than R$ 800 million will be allocated to investments in education, infrastructure and health in the region impacted by the Fundão dam collapse. Approximately R$ 240 million will be used to improve and structure nearly 900 public schools in the affected municipalities.

HEALTH AND SOCIAL PROTECTION

Assistance to the affected people started immediately after the Fundão dam collapse, with the premise of guaranteeing basic human rights – access to first aid, support and psychological assistance to the families of victims and missing people, access to information, drinking water, housing and adequate food. After the emergency period, efforts in the areas of Health and Social Protection were concentrated on supporting public policies of the municipalities.

  • About 70 professionals hired among doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists. Their activities are under the management of the municipal health secretaries.

ACTIONS IN MARIANA AND BARRA LONGA CITIES 

  • Structuring the Center / Psychosocial Care Network (Mental Health).
  • Construction of UBS (Basic Health Unit) in the resettlements of Bento Rodrigues and Paracatu de Baixo cities.
  • Training health professionals.
  • Reinforcement of the medical teams of Assistance and Health Surveillance.
  • Strengthening the SUS transport infrastructure.

R$ 49.6 MILLION WILL BE DISBURSED IN 2020 TO SUPPORT PUBLIC POLICIES AND THE DELIVERY OF THE PSYCHOSOCIAL CARE CENTER FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH (CAPSIJ) IN MARIANA. OUT OF THIS TOTAL, RENOVA FOUNDATION MADE AVAILABLE R$ 27 MILLION AND 35 VEHICLES FOR THE CITIES THROUGHOUT THE DOCE RIVER BASIN TO STRENGTHEN ITS PUBLIC SERVICES FOR PROTECTION AND SOCIAL ASSISTANCE. THE RESOURCES WILL BE INTENDED FOR 14,000 VULNERABLE FAMILIES.

INITIATIVES DURING PANDEMIC

Renova Foundation allocated R$ 120 million in compensatory funds to the Government of Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo States to reinforce the fight against Covid-19 in both states. The amount was made available in May 2020 for the acquisition of pulmonary ventilators and the structuring of hospital units.

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GOVERNADOR VALADARES REGIONAL HOSPITAL

In a joint effort with the governments of Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo States, more than R$ 800 million in compensatory resources from the Renova Foundation are being forwarded to collective and long-term impact projects at the Doce River Basin. Of the transferred amount, R$ 75.3 million will be used to conclude the construction and the purchase of equipment at the Regional Hospital of Governador Valadares (MG State). When finished, the hospital will have 265 beds, 176 of which are nursing, 39 for urgency and emergency and 50 ICU beds, in addition to 9 operating rooms.

CONSOLIDATION REPORT OF HUMAN HEALTH RISK ASSESSMENT STUDIES

Metals resulting from the Fundão dam collapse do not pose a risk to human health. This is what the Consolidation Report of Human Health Risk Assessment Studies found out after being conducted in rural areas of Mariana and Barra Longa cities by specialized companies. In the areas surveyed, the metals present in the tailings that leaked from the Fundão dam do not show concentrations above the reference values.

  • Sample of the collection points in Mariana and Barra Longa: river channel, surface water, water for human consumption, soil, household dust, food of plant and animal origin.
  • 473 samples collected between July 2018 and August 2019

RENOVA FOUNDATION IS PARTNERING WITH THE FOUNDATION OF SUPPORT TO RESEARCH OF THE STATE OF MINAS GERAIS (FAPEMIG) AND THE FOUNDATION OF SUPPORT TO RESEARCH AND INNOVATION OF ESPÍRITO SANTO STATE (FAPES) TO CARRY OUT NEW COMPLEMENTARY STUDIES, WHICH WILL LAUNCH PUBLIC NOTICES AND SELECT THE BEST PROPOSALS IN THE THEMES OF MENTAL HEALTH, TOXICOLOGY, DESCRIPTIVE EPIDEMIOLOGY AND WORKER HEALTH.

FOSTERING THE LOCAL ECONOMY

The Doce River Basin repair goes through the restoration, strengthening and expansion of productive chains and links to the local economy which were impacted by the Fundão dam collapse. Renova Foundation has worked on several fronts in this area, such as hiring local companies and labor, financing lines for micro and small companies, professional qualification courses and encouraging entrepreneurship.

FOSTERING LOCAL HIRING

  • Approximately 7 thousand jobs generated by the repair actions.
  • 56% of professionals are from the impacted municipalities.
  • 58% of current contracts were signed with local suppliers.
  • R$ 1.28 billion is the total value of these contracts.
  • R$ 161.2 million of ISS generated for the impacted municipalities
  • Development and training: Sebrae, Findes and Fiemg agreement.
  • Manpower qualification: 115 classes completed training courses since September 2017 (when the partnerships started) until March 2020

IN THE MIDDLE OF THE GLOBAL CRISIS RESULTING OF COVID-19, PARTNERSHIPS WERE ALSO AGREED WITH SOME OF THE MAIN TRAINING CENTERS IN THE COUNTRY FOR COURSES WHICH WERE OFFERED ALONG ALL THE IMPACTED STRECHES BY THE FUNDÃO COLLAPSE.

DESENVOLVE RIO DOCE FUND

The initiative was created by the Renova Foundation to make it easier for small entrepreneurs along the Doce River to have access to supporting resources and working capital for their businesses in a less bureaucratic way and with lower interest rate. The fund is managed by the Development Bank of Minas Gerais State (BDMG) and of the Espírito Santo State (Bandes).

  • R$ 50.4 million loaned to businesses in MG and ES States

DUE TO THE ECONOMIC CRISIS WHICH HAS REACHED THE COUNTRY BECAUSE OF THE COVID-19, THE WORKING CAPITAL FUND ‘DESENVOLVE RIO DOCE’ HAS REDUCED THE INTEREST RATE FROM 0.45% MONTHLY. THE CREDIT ANALYSIS AND OPENING RATES (TAAC) ARE ALSO INCLUDED IN THE FINANCING. FOR EXISTING CONTRACTS, ACTIONS AND SPECIFIC SOLUTIONS WILL BE ADOPTED TO SUPPORT OVERCOMING THIS PHASE. 

DIVERSIFICA MARIANA FUND

It aims to attract companies from the most diverse segments to Mariana (MG State) and reduce its dependence on mining activity. The subsidy model adopted pays part of the interest rates charged on credit operations.

  • R$ 55 million for credit lines.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Renova Foundation offers training and support in the search for solutions and alternatives to boost and improve business in the affected territories.

  • R$ 118 million will be disbursed, in 2020, for Citizenship, Professional Qualification and Employment and Immediate Entrepreneurship actions.
  • 20 associations and collective are served in Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo States.
    Project for the development of Solidarity Based Enterprises (EBS), to strengthen collectives and associations at the impacted municipalities.
  • 264 entrepreneurs signed up for free online courses for entrepreneurs and workers in the tourism sector. 84 have already completed their courses.
  • 50 vacancies for young people, aged 15 to 29, from the resettlements of Bento Rodrigues and Paracatu de Baixo (MG State), for training in entrepreneurship. It will be held in October 2020.

INVESTMENTS TO FOSTER THE LOCAL ECONOMY

Among the initiatives that make up the integrated agenda in the states of Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo States, there is a front with the potential to diversify the local economy, attract investments and generate jobs and income. Resources will be directed towards the structuring of more than 150 km of highways to facilitate the access of tourists to important centers of the region and the flow of local and regional production. An additional R$ 12.2 million will also be allocated to the city of Doce River in Minas Gerais State with the goal of implementing an Industrial District, with an estimated area of 5,500 square meters.

INDIGENOUS AND TRADITIONAL COMMUNITIES

Actions to protect and restore the quality of life of indigenous and traditional communities aim to repair and compensate for the social, cultural, environmental, and economic impacts of these affected communities. These families, which are part of Doce River history, maintain their own relationship with the river.

  • 1,587 members of indigenous communities and 387 members of traditional communities are within the scope of the Renova Foundation
  • 600 people supplied with mineral water (Resplendor Indigenous People)
  • 185 families supplied with mineral water in the Quilombola de Degredo Remaining Community