Indigenous Protagonism

The indigenous communities actively participate in discussions to define the actions to be conducted in their territories. Norte Energia has used this direct and permanent dialogue to ensure the indigenous population has a leading role. 

Participatory spaces were created throughout the licensing process to guarantee monitoring of the various stages of the venture’s deployment, as well as activities resulting from the expected environmental changes. These include:

  • 01 Indigenous Management Committee, with regular meetings in Altamira.
  • 07 Councils related to the works of the Belo Monte HPP
  • 10 Indigenous Subcommittees in the villages and Altamira (Citadinos-Ribeirinhos, Volta Grande, Parakanã, Kararaô, Cachoeira Seca, Bacajá, Araweté, Apyterewa, Arara and Xipaya-Kuruaya).
  • 01 Monitoring and Control Committee for Monitoring Volta Grande do Xingu

The committees provide a space for guidance and indigenous follow-up on the actions taken under the water quality and ichthyofauna monitoring projects, for example. The monitored results are also presented in these meetings in language accessible to these communities, in order to allow the best possible understanding of the environmental effects of the plant’s deployment.  

The process of direct and permanent dialogue with indigenous populations assisted by Belo Monte is supported by the largest radio system in the Xingu region. The system implemented by Norte Energia includes more than 80 radio stations that ensure communication with the villages and indigenous associations in Altamira.