Environmental licensing endured a lengthy evolution process to get where it is today. From governmental authorizations to the performance of activities that interfere with the environment, this process currently seeks to ensure the protection of natural resources as well as the social rights of the affected communities and their residents.
With Belo Monte, this process went even further: it conferred the venture the mission of contributing to the sustainable development of the Middle Xingu region, a commitment undertaken by Norte Energia.
Since the beginning of the Plant's deployment, a total of 12 cities have reaped the benefits - Altamira, Anapu, Brasil Novo, Gurupá, Medicilândia, Pacajá, Placas, Porto de Moz, São Felix do Xingu, Senador José Porfírio, Uruará and Vitória do Xingu.
Even heavier investments were made in the five municipalities surrounding the venture - Altamira, Anapu, Brasil Novo, Senador José Porfírio and Vitória do Xingu. In addition to implementing basic sanitation and building hospitals and schools, among other structuring works, thousands of initiatives were conducted to promote a true social transformation.
Entrepreneurship was encouraged and local productive chains and tourism were strengthened. Training forged new professional categories and an entire new cycle of prosperity began in the region.
Assistance in adopting good environmental practices, compliance with the solid waste policy through the deployment of sanitary landfills, and the elaboration of the respective municipal policies were some of the initiatives that helped put the neighboring municipalities on the right path to a more sustainable future.
One of the actions performed focused on thinking of better ways to occupy urban areas, which included a review of the Municipal Master Plans, training and qualification of managers and creation of an innovative public management planning system for the mayors’ offices of the Xingu region.
But none of this would have been feasible without the environmental education efforts of the communities living there. And one of Belo Monte’s great merits was the creation of the Xingu Regional Environmental Education Center (CREAX).