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 115 thousand people participated in meetings with the Renova Foundation
  • More than 4,000 collective dialogue meetings held – about 90 dedicated professionals
  • Approximately 460 calls for 0800 are received 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
  • 10,087 manifestations registered with the Ombudsman – 95,21% 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.

  • 62,822 requests
  • 34,870 registrations sent to the CIF, corresponding to 30,398 families and 98,258 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: Renova Foundation works to complete the indemnity process, for example: agreements for different categories.

  • R$ 3.07 billion was paid in indemnities and financial aid to approximately 320 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
  • 270,322 compensation paid (99.9% of accepted proposals)
  • R$ 286.5 million in payments

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

  • 10,392 of accepted proposals
  • 10,357 indemnities paid
    3,252 indemnities were also paid through the Simplified Indemnity System, in cases of difficult proof of damages. The indemnity system was implemented following the decision of the 12th Federal Court after petitions submitted by the affected commissions of affected municipalities.
  • R$ 1.28 billion in payments

THE SIMPLIFIED INDEMNITY SYSTEM HAS REGISTERED, BY JANUARY 2021, MORE THAN 5 THOUSAND TERMS SUBMITTED FOR HOMOLOGATION, WHICH MUST ACHIEVE MORE THAN R $ 400 MILLION IN PAYMENTS. THE RESIDENTS OF LOCALITIES THAT HAVE ALREADY TAKEN THE COLLECTIVE ACTIONS ANALYZED BY JUSTICE CAN ALREADY JOIN. ACCESS MUST BE CARRIED OUT BY LAWYERS OR PUBLIC DEFENDERS OF APPLICANTS.

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).

  • 14,671 paid holders
  • 32,721 people served, of this total, 18,050 are dependent
  • R$ 1.5 billion paid in Emergency Financial Aid

ABOUT R$ 1.91 BILLION WERE PAID IN CORRESPONDANCE TO INDEMNITY AND FINANCIAL AID TO 11.6 THOUSAND FISHERMEN

LOST PROFITS

The lost profits correspond to the income the affected person obtained as a result of his/her productive activity, which was interrupted as a direct consequence of the Fundão dam collapse. The payments are intended for those affected who signed the agreement in the Mediated Indemnity Program (PIM), received compensation for Lost Profits in previous years and remain impacted on their economic activities, even if partially.

  • The payment of the 2019 Lost Profits, executed in 2020, ended in August and totaled R$ 107 million for approximately 5 thousand affected.
  • 2020 Lost Profits payment period occurs between January and March 2021.

THE ENTIRE SERVICE PROCESS OCCURS THROUGH REMOTE SERVICE, WHICH HAS BEEN ADOPTED BY RENOVA FOUNDATION SINCE MARCH 2020, WHEN THE OFFICES WERE CLOSED AS PART OF THE SOCIAL ISOLATION MEASURES FORESEEN TO COMBAT COVID-19 PANDEMIC. THE OWN LOST PROFITS 2019 HAS BEEN REMOTELY COMPLETED WITH THE USE OF TOOLS WHICH ENABLE DISTANCE COMMUNICATION, SUCH AS CONFERENCE CALL AND VIDEO CONFERENCE.

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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.

  • 1,000 young people, between 15 and 29 years old, participate for free in the first cycle of the Youth Leadership Training Program, which includes initiatives 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 Municipal Health and Social Development secretaries’ management.

ACTIONS IN MARIANA AND BARRA LONGA CITIES

  • Structuring a mental health service to assist those affected.
  • Construction of a Basic Health Unit (UBS) at the resettlements of Bento Rodrigues and Paracatu de Baixo cities.
  • Renovation of UBS (Basic Health Unit) at Ponte do Gama.
  • Training for SUS and SUAS health and social assistance professionals.
  • Reinforcement of medical teams for health care, social assistance, and health surveillance.
  • Implementation of 6 toy libraries.
  • Structuring of the Women’s Welcoming Unit and sociability and strengthening of bonds services.

 

R$ 19.36 MILLION WERE DISBURSED IN 2020 TO SUPPORT PUBLIC POLICIES AND THE DELIVERY OF THE PSYCHOSOCIAL CARE CENTER FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH (CAPSIJ) IN MARIANA. BARRA LONGA (MG STATE) WILL RECEIVE AROUND R$ 8 MILLION TO STRENGTHEN PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES IN THE MUNICIPALITY. THE RESOURCES WILL BE TRANSFERRED OVER TWO YEARS AND WILL GUARANTEE THE EXTENSION OF SERVICE TO THE LOCAL POPULATION. RENOVA FOUNDATION ALSO 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 mechanical ventilators’ acquisition in Minas Gerais State and opening of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds at Espírito Santo State 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 REPORTS OF HUMAN HEALTH RISK ASSESSMENT STUDIES

According to the studies’ report which was carried out at rural areas of Mariana and Barra Longa cities, the metals resulting from the Fundão dam collapse do not represent a risk to human health. In order to comply with the Human Health Risk Assessment, further analysis will be carried out for a definitive result. The new samples will be collected from the river channel, surface water, water for human consumption, soil, household dust, plant and animal foods.

  • 473 samples collected between July 2018 and August 2019 were analyzed at the laboratory
  • The Consolidation Report of Human Health Risk Assessments, prepared based on the researches carried out in the municipality of Linhares (ES), was filed a long with the Interfederative Committee (CIF) attheend of September 2020. The document indicates the reis no occurrence of metals associated to the Fundão dam collapse representing toxicological risk to human health in the areas studied so far.

RENOVA FOUNDATION HAS PARTENERED WITH THE FOUNDATION OF SUPPORT TO RESEARCH OF THE STATE OF MINAS GERAIS (FAPEMIG) AND TO THE FOUNDATION OF SUPPORT TO RESEARCH AND INNOVATION OF ESPÍRITO SANTO STATE (FAPES) TO CARRY OUT NEW COMPLEMENTARY STUDIES EPIDEMIOLOGICAL AND TOXICOLOGICAL THROUGH A PUBLIC NOTICE, THESE STUDIES WILL SHOW IF THE DAM BREAKDOWN HAS IMPACTED OR NOT THE HEALTH OF THE POPULATION ACHIEVED BY THE COLLAPSE AND CONTEMPLATES THE THEMATIC AXES OF MENTAL HEALTH, TOXICOLOGY, DESCRIPTIVE EPIDEMIOLOGY AND WORKER HEALTH THEMES.

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 credit lines for micro and small companies and local labor, assistance for rural producers to resume to productive capacity and professional qualification courses.

FOSTERING LOCAL HIRING

  • Approximately 6 thousand jobs generated by the repair actions.
  • 55,26% of professionals are from the impacted municipalities.
  • 57% of current contracts were signed with local suppliers.
  • R$ 1.30 billion is the total value of these contracts.
  • R$ 189,9 million of ISS generated for the impacted municipalities
  • Development and training: Sebrae, Findes and Fiemg agreement.
  • Manpower qualification: 131 classes completed training courses since September 2017 (when the partnerships started) until March 2020. In 2020, more than 10,000 vacancies were opened in 26 qualification courses.

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$ 52 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.

 

RURAL PRODUCER ASSISTANCE

Renova Foundation works for the productive resumption of rural properties, with technical advisory actions and the transfer of technology to increase productivity and income. An example is the project developed with producers from the communities of Rochedo, Córrego Preto and Leonel, in the rural area of ​​Rio Casca (MG State), which doubled the production of beans and generates revenues of R$ 114 thousand for farmers in the region. Another result was the market opening provided by the initiative: the harvest was acquired in full for a value 120% higher than the average sale in previous years. Check out other actions carried out on rural properties

 

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.

  • 1,614 members of indigenous communities and 386 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