Conservation works of the fauna and flora impacted on the stretch between Fundão tailing dam and the mouth of the Doce River are being conducted in conjunction with universities around the country. At the Federal University of Espírito Santo, researchers in different specialties are part of the Ufes-Rio Doce Network, created to articulate an integrated action strategy. "Partnerships with educational and research institutions ensure the suitability of the assessments, and bring reliable information to support the planned actions," says one of the managers of recovery programs, Rodolfo Pessotti.
The first area of operation includes the population study of fishes, their relationship with aquatic plants and other organisms in the water. The reference terms for implementation of the work, which began this month, were approved in the Biodiversity Technical Chamber of Inter-federative Committee. Analyzes will be followed by a specialized company, and will also receive the support of Ufes-Rio Doce Network.
The other two aspects involve the assessment of the effects of turbidity plume of all species of animals and plants from the sea, freshwater and aquatic environment of transition between the river and the sea, and the analysis of impacts on the endangered terrestrial fauna and flora. Methodologies are being developed and presented to environmental authorities for validation.
The Renova Foundation has the mission of implementing and managing the reparation, restoration and reconstruction programs for the regions impacted by the bursting of the Fundão dam, located in the subdistrict of Bento Rodrigues, in Mariana, Minas Gerais.
The Foundation's role is to restore and reestablish the communities and the resources impacted by the bursting and also substitute or compensate what cannot be remedied, always in an efficient, proper, transparent and ethical manner.