MPF questions Ibama on regularity of mining exploration in the forest

MPF questions Ibama on regularity of mining exploration in the forest

Second maroon, families were not consulted

The Federal Public Ministry (MPF) sent to the Instituto Brasileiro do Meio Ambiente e dos Recursos Naturais Renováveis (Ibama) a series of questions about the regularity of the mining exploitation in national forest (flona) Saracá-Taquera, located in the municipalities of Oriximiná, Terra Santa and Faro, in the West of Pará.

The MPF wants to know if the company Mineração Rio do Norte has some sort of authorization to open roads and move staff to the plateau area and Cross for Ibama in the area. According to Quilombola communities of the region, families were not consulted about the installation of the enterprise.

Signed by Prosecutor Luiz Antonio Miranda Amorim Silva, the Office also requests copy of terms of reference for the preparation of studies and environmental impact report (EIA/Rima) pertaining to the exploitation of the plateau. The letter was forwarded to Ibama’s environmental licensing Director, Gisela Damm Forattini, on Wednesday, September 19.

At the first meeting of Indians and Quilombolas of Oriximiná, held last week, quilombolas communities have denounced to the MPF which in no way have been consulted about mining exploration project in Cruz Alta plateau. Families also reported to the Prosecutor who is constantly moving mining officials on site.

Visiting the area, Luiz Antonio Amorim was able to confirm the reports and recorded the opening lead of the Trombetas River Road toward the plateau High Cross and the movement of Mineração Rio do Norte’s employees towards the plateau.

In addition to sending questions to Ibama, the MPF should organise a meeting between the families descended and Government institutions with responsibilities related to environmental supervision and exploitation of mineral resources.

Meeting -1st meeting of Indians and Quilombolas of Oriximiná also served to provide participants to MPF information useful for further investigation in progress on Commonwealth Attorney in Santarém about the problems faced by Indians and quilombolas North trough.

Among the community demands, were also the limitation of time for boat traffic in turtle spawning period and the relationship of the Chico Mendes Institute for biodiversity conservation (ICMBio) with indigenous communities and quilombolas, the need for high school students in the countryside of Oriximiná, titration of quilombola territory of Cachoeira Porteira and demarcation of indigenous land Kaxuyana and Tunayana.

“Another point that deserves mention event was the climate of friendship and unity between the Indians and quilombolas, who had hunted together, fished together, exchanged experiences as the herbs, danced together and stressed the peace and harmony between peoples,” praises the State Prosecutor, who attended the meeting along with the forensic analyst in Anthropology from MPF Raphael S_manvelyan Moreira da Silva.

The event was held from 11 to 13 September in the Abuí quilombo. Present were 127 quilombolas and 44 native adults and young people. “The meeting has joined the two ends were separated and lit a lamp,” says Hugo Souza, President of the cooperative of Quilombo that promoted the meeting along with the Comissão Pró-Índio and Iepe.


Federal prosecutors in the State of Pará Communication advice (91) 3299-3299/0148-0177

(With information from the Organization of the 1st meeting of Indians and Quilombolas of Oriximiná)


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