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Vale boosts the development of Canaã dos Carajás

Over the last 12 years, Vale has given an important contribution to the city of Canaã dos Carajás, in the Southeast of Pará, whether in the generation of taxes or in social investment to improve the provision of public services in the municipality. In addition to S11D Eliezer Batista Complex, which is opening today (12/17), the company also has the Sossego copper mine in the region, since 2004. Between January 2004 and November 2016, Vale allocated to the city more than BRL 1 billion, adding social investments and payments of ISS (Service Tax) and CFEM (Financial Compensation by Exploration of Mineral Resources).

Currently, Canaã occupies a prominent place in terms of human development in the state. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita has become 26 times higher than in 2000, when the Sossego mine had not been implemented in the city yet. Another indicator that evolved was the Municipal Human Development Index (IDHM). In 2002, the city was classified as low human development. In 2010, it started being considered a medium development municipality. Canaã also leads the FIRJAN's Municipal Development Index (IFDM) in Pará, which has been a benchmark for monitoring the Brazilian socio-economic development since 2005. In the IFDM, the municipality is in front of Belém and six other Brazilian capital cities in the survey - Aracaju, Porto Velho, Salvador, Maceio, Manaus and Macapá.

Vale's contribution to local social-economic development is based on the commitment of working with all stakeholders in a participative manner, looking for their engagement, and with a long-term vision. The company works collaboratively with the local government, civil society and social institutions nationally recognized. Considering only the current investment due to the implementation of the S11D project, there are more than 30 actions completed or still in progress, in partnership with Canaã dos Carajás city hall and other civil society institutions.

Public Health

The city hospital was expanded and received new beds, surgical center, maternity ward, and care room for newborns. Four health centers were built, and 384 equipment items were donated to ten Basic Health Units.

In conjunction with the Municipal Department of Health, Vale has developed the Basic Care Project (PASB), based on the guidelines of the United Nations Children's Fund and the National Primary Care Policy of the Ministry of Health. The project aims to contribute to public bodies of the municipality for the prevention of child mortality and morbidity, and encourage the promotion of health of families in extreme poverty.

Protection of children and youth

With partnership of the Brazilian Secretariat of Human Rights of the Presidency of the Republic and the City Hall, Vale and Vale Foundation implemented the first Model Guardianship Council of the country: a safe, affordable, comfortable and suitable space for child, youth and family care.

Another initiative in the area of social promotion and protection was the creation of the Pact to Fight Violence against Children and Youth and the construction of the new Courthouse, from an agreement between Vale, Canaã dos Carajás City Hall and the Court of Justice of State of Pará.

Public Safety

The municipality received a Peace unit - a complex which gathers in a single space the Military and Civil Police; psycho-social support service; and area to crime prevention activities - and a Fire Department, result from the partnership of Vale and the State Department of Public Safety of Pará and Canaã dos Carajás City Hall.


Result from a partnership between Vale and Centrais Elétricas do Pará (Celpa), the electric power system was expanded, with the construction of 59 kilometers of transmission lines and two substations, benefitting over 80,000 people in the cities of Parauapebas and Canaã dos Carajás, ensuring power reliability and availability to the population.

Job and Income Generation

It was built new headquarters to the Social and Economic Development Agency of Canaã dos Carajás, a non-profit organization which has an important role in the partnership with the city. The agency reunites 14 associations, 800 families of farmers, and about 200 social entrepreneurs of the region. It has the partnership with Vale and Vale Foundation, which support entrepreneurship in the city through prospection and promotion of social business. Projects such as from Bom Jesus Village, in the rural area of Canaã, received equipment for improvement of agricultural production, benefitting over 160 producers. Other 70 families were qualified to produce honey.

According to the coordinator of the agency, Graça Reis, the main result is the community transformation. "Nowadays we have almost 30 programs mediated by the agency, which have the support of Vale and Vale Foundation. Actions that not only give the fish, but teach how to fish and benefit over 25,000 families, whether by qualification, consultancy for improvement of income, or social projects", said Graça.

In Ouro Verde Village, also in the rural zone, within the area of influence of the project, a new school, a day-care center, a health center and the headquarters of the State Agency of Agricultural Defense of the State of Pará (ADEPARÁ) were built.

The incentive to agricultural vocation, another potential of the municipality, also received investments. A total of 50 kilometers of road was asphalted, which facilitates the production flow. A Producer's Fair was built, with 160 boxes in the municipality's headquarters. Incentive programs to job and income generation, such as aviculture, horticulture and apiculture, were also deployed.

Vale keeps a constant dialogue with communities in order to build solutions for local development. "We maintain a close relationship, with transparency and respect for the communities. We seek to build, in a participative manner, our relationship and ways to contribute to partnerships and investments in a sustainable manner. We want to improve the quality of life of these communities, always ensuring the community's role in this construction," says Vale's community relations executive manager, João Coral.

Job generation

At the peak of works, the construction of S11D mine and plant infrastructure generated 15,700 jobs. Among these, 75% of the workers decided to live in Pará.

Still in the workers contracting phase for the project, various training activities were carried out in management and social support to migrants, in partnership with Canaã dos Carajás city hall, such as the renovation of the National Employment Service (SINE) center and the municipal support network to employee. In this demobilization phase, a multi-sectoral working group was created, with participation of Vale, the City Hall and other institutions, in order to plan and prepare a demobilization plan, and monitor the proposed actions.

With the support of Vale, Vale Foundation and Unesco, the Master Plan - essential to any city guide and arrange its urban expansion, - the Mobility and Transportation Plan and the Sanitation Plan were reformulated and updated.


Among the social investments made by the S11D Project, there are the construction and renovation of eight schools, three of which will be completed in 2017. They all have indoor court, computer room, and are adapted to persons with disabilities. The improved infrastructure increased the number of vacancies in elementary school.

Results are represented by the smile of satisfaction of the housewife Rosângela Rodrigues. She has five children studying at Raimundo de Oliveira school, in Bom Jesus Village, one of the unit that got the best grade in the latest Basic Education Development Index (IDEB). The IDEB grade of the school raised from 3.9 in 2013 to 4.8 in 2015. Rosângela stated she is happy with the result. "It was poor before. After renovation, the rooms improved, the school got a playground, court, and it was walled. For me, that's Grade A+++. Everything is very good", she said. The unit was renovated in 2014 by the city, with Vale's support.

In addition to the improvement of school infrastructure, investments in training and dedication of teachers also collaborated to the IDEB's result. According to the Municipal Department of Education, the city made progress, but it still has the challenge of ensuring more students learning and a proper school flow. "Our students have access to respectful, welcoming schools, open to partnerships such as those with Vale and Vale Foundation, which contributes to the city's progress. We are in constant search for improvement of our indicators, and we seek new partnerships that will provide us with further growth," said Municipal Secretary of Education, Jacqueline Moura.

Vale Foundation

Based on the experience in Canaã dos Carajás, Vale Foundation has helped to outline a new logic of voluntary private social investment in Brazil. Currently the institution leads a group of studies that debate precisely the integration of voluntary private social investment by strengthening public policies, organized by the Institutes, Foundations and Companies Group (Gife), which brings together the 130 largest investors in the social area of the country.

The United Nations (UN) is also aware of the work developed by Vale Foundation in Canaã dos Carajás. In 2016, a Vale's representative participated in an international event held by the UN. His report on the experience in the city will be published by the institution in the first half of 2017.

Public-private investments made

Electric Power
  • Construction of 59 kilometers of electrical power network, with 138,000-volt voltage between the cities of Parauapebas and Canaã dos Carajás;
  • Construction of two new substations - one in Parauapebas and another in Canaã dos Carajás;
  • Doubling of the capacity of the former substation of Canaã dos Carajás from 6 to 12 megawatts, increasing the available and stable power to meet the demand of the population;
Basic Sanitation
  • Improvement of sewage sanitation and water supply network;
  • Implementation of a lab for chemical analysis of water;
  • Preparation of projects to expand water and sewage network;
  • Construction of a new sanitary landfill and adequacy of a controlled landfill.;
  • Improvement of water collection system in Rio Verde's dam;
  • Partnership in the construction of the Municipal Sanitation Plan;
Public Safety
  • Construction of a complex for citizen service, with a Pacifying Police Integrated Unit (UIPP), an outpost of the Fire Department, and a Peace Area;
  • Acquisition of vehicles, equipment and devices in general;
  • Renovation of the Military Police barracks.
Access to Justice and Rights
  • Construction of the new Courthouse of Canaã dos Carajás;
  • Construction of Integrated Citizen Service Center (CIAC);
  • Renovation of SINE;
  • Renovation and expansion of Social Assistance Reference Center (CREAS);
  • Construction of the first Model Guardianship Council of Brazil, for protection of rights of children and youth;
  • Construction of Elderly Living Center (CECON) to give a better life quality to Elderly Persons;
  • Renovation and expansion of Raimundo de Oliveira school, in Bom Jesus Village, in the rural area;
  • Renovation and expansion of Adelaide Molinari school, in Planalto Village, in the Rural Area;
  • Construction of a new School in Ouro Verde Village;
  • Construction of a new School in Nova Jerusalém rural community;
  • Construction of Municipal School of Ouro Preto District;
  • All schools have sports facilities, computer labs and video rooms, and are adapted for access of persons with disabilities;
  • Agreement to build three new children school in Vale dos Sonhos III, Jardim América and Novo Brasil districts;
  • Construction of a daycare center in Ouro Verde Village;
Incentive to Agricultural Production
  • Construction of a new State Agency of Agricultural Defense of the State of Pará (ADEPARÁ) in Ouro Verde Village;
  • Construction of VS 40, a 41 Km road that connects the section of highway PA-160 until the S11D Project entrance, passing though the rural area of the city;
  • Paving of 3 Km of the access road from Feitosa Village to the VS 40, giving access to Canaã, Bom Jesus Vilalge and Planalto Village;
  • Paving of 6km of access from Ouro Verde Village to VS 40;
  • Construction of the Producer's Fair with 160 boxes and a popular restaurant;
  • Support in water collection and distribution of Serra Dourada Village;
  • Support to honey production chain;
  • Strengthening of familiar agriculture; strengthening of associativism and cooperativism; social management; and legal support.
  • Between 2013 and 2016, Vale developed many income generation projects in the community through Agir (Act) Program and Carta Aberta de Incentivo (Incentive Open Letter) Program. Projects focused on genetic improvement, strengthening of social organization, implementation of agro-forestry system, and honey production processing were selected.
  • Renovation and expansion of Daniel Gonçalves Municipal Hospital;
  • Construction of five health centers;
  • Instrumentalization of all local Basic Health Units (UBS) with equipment necessary for the proper service to the community;
Culture and urban development
  • Reopening of House of Culture;
  • Agreement for construction of Youth Square and Culture Square;
  • Construction of the building of Urban Development Institute (IDURB);
  • Preparation of Master Plan;
  • Preparation of Urban Mobility Plan;

Vale boosts the development of Canaã dos Carajás