Its purpose is to clarify the impacts of these projects on the community, in addition to avoiding the dissemination of erroneous information about the deployment and operations. The Environmental Communication activities also help to make the population aware of the preservation efforts made on reservoir banks, the correct waste disposal methods, the danger of fires and the use of the easement strips in transmission lines.
The company holds Environmental Education Programs for employees and the population located around its operating areas. The goal is to address the implications of damages and social and environmental risks arising from the work. The programs follows the Theoretical-Methodological Guidelines for Implementation and Monitoring of Environmental Education Programs, recommended by Eletrobras and IBAMA’s IN 02/2012. They include mitigating or compensatory measures, in compliance with environmental license requirements.
FURNAS develops Social Communication Programs (PCS) to create communication channels between the company and the community. The target audience suggest priority themes that should be clarified, as well as expectations, desires, satisfactions and dissatisfactions caused by the operations. Communicators are the main tool of this program.
Agreements and partnerships are signed with local health institutions such as state and municipal health departments, universities, research institutions, among others, to prevent and control the health of the overall population.
The relationship with indigenous peoples includes the regularization of hydroelectric power plants and their transmission systems, including a commitment to social environmental practices and projects. An example is the Avá-Canoeiro do Rio Tocantins Program (PACTO). In order to monitor the actions of the Avá-Canoeiro do Rio Tocantins Program (PACTO), the Indigenous Issue Management Program was created, organized by anthropologists and integrated with the environmental programs at the Serra da Mesa HEP.
The program includes regularization of the Avá-Canoeiro indigenous land (TI), Environmental protection and Ethnodevelopment monitoring. It also includes educational activities to support healthier lifestyles. The Support Program backs construction and infrastructure, as well as technical, operational and administrative activities, in order to ensure the necessary operation and logistics for achieving these goals.
Due to the proximity of the Itaberá-Tijuco Preto III TL 750 kV with two of the three Guarani Indigenous Lands located in São Paulo, the Environmental Recovery and Subsistence Project (PRAS) was developed in these villages from 2004 to 2009. The project won two awards: in 2008, it won the 4th edition of the Mogi News/Chevrolet Award for Corporate Social Responsibility of Alto Tietê and in 2009, the 10th edition of the Von Martius Sustainability Award of the Brazil-Germany Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The result of a partnership between FURNAS, FUNAI and Guarani villages in São Paulo (Indigenous Lands Dam, Krukutu and Jaraguá), PRAS develops sustainable agriculture and income generation projects. Social and economic, as well as social and environmental scientific research, helps local leaders establish public policies.
Cultural Exchange and Social Interactions have provided conditions for lasting social alliances, such as marriage between members of the Avá and Tapirapé ethnic groups. As a result, another family nucleus was created among the Avá-Canoeiro, composed of a couple and three children, born in 2012, 2015 and 2016.
In addition to complying with legal norms, archeology contributes to further knowledge about the ways of life of older populations, with archeological research developed in the company’s operating areas.
Archaeological sites, material reports of past human occupation, are an integral part of the Brazilian Cultural Heritage, recognized by the Constitution of 1988 on Article 216. Material assets of an archaeological nature are established and protected by Law nº 3.924 dated July 26, 1961, which gives them the status of National property.