Weir Figueiredo: farmers and compensation, Brazil


Located on the Figueiredo River, a tributary of the Jaguaribe River, the Weir Figueiredo is a project that aims at the same time, reduce the effects of drought, bringing drinking water to at least 60 thousand people in the municipalities of Alto Santo, Iracema, Potiretama, Pereiro and Erere, and provide conditions for the development of irrigated agriculture, fish farming and fishing in the region. To a lesser degree, aims to provide water for industrial demand and set up as a place of leisure and recreation of the surrounding community. With the beginning of operation of the reservoir there will also be an increase in the availability of surface water in the sub-basin of Middle Jaguaribe, allowed by the perpetuation of the Figueiredo River.

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Basic Data
NameWeir Figueiredo: farmers and compensation, Brazil
SiteAlto Santo, Erere, Iracema, Pereiro, Potiretama
Accuracy of LocationMEDIUM regional level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Water Management
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Dams and water distribution conflicts
Specific CommoditiesWater
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsThe total capacity of the reservoir is 519.6 million cubic meters of water.

4,985 hectares will be inundated.

The project foresees the construction of a dam, and will have a total extension of 2,947 meters, with eight meters in width and maximum height of crowning 43.5 metres.

About 9,631 hectares of land located in the municipalities of Alto Santo, Iracema and Potiretama will be expropriated.

Project Area (in hectares)4985
Level of Investment (in USD)76000000
Type of PopulationRural
Start Date2003
Company Names or State EnterprisesDepartamento Nacional de Obras Contra a Seca (DNOCS) from Brazil
Companhia Energetica do Ceara (COELCE) from Brazil
Instituto do Desenvolvimento Agrario do Ceara (IDACE) from Brazil
Relevant government actorsMinisterio Publico Federal - MPF, Defensoria Publica da Uniao - DPU, Instituto Nacional de Colonizacao e Reforma Agraria - INCRA, Advocacia Geral da Uniao - AGU, Controladoria Geral da Uniao - CGU
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersFederacao dos Trabalhadores Rurais do Ceara (Fetraece), Movimento dos Atingidos por Barragens (MAB), Caritas Diocesana de Limoeiro do Norte, Comissao Brasileira de Justiça e Paz, Conferencia Nacional dos Bispos do Brasil (CNBB), Rede Nacional de Advogadas e Advogados Populares (RENAP)
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)LOW (some local organising)
When did the mobilization beginMobilization for reparations once impacts have been felt
Groups MobilizingFarmers
Local ejos
Religious groups
Forms of MobilizationCreation of alternative reports/knowledge
Development of a network/collective action
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Land occupation
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Objections to the EIA
Occupation of buildings/public spaces
Appeals/recourse to economic valuation of the environment
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Floods (river, coastal, mudflow)
Potential: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Food insecurity (crop damage), Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Displacement, Land dispossession
Potential: Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Violations of human rights
Project StatusUnder construction
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseCompensation
Court decision (victory for environmental justice)
Under negotiation
Application of existing regulations
Do you consider this as a success?No
Why? Explain briefly.Families are not yet secure in relation to receipt of compensation or resettlement.
Sources and Materials

DEFENSORIA PUBLICA DA UNIAO. Populacao afetada por barragem recebe visita de defensora. 06 set. 2011. Disponivel em: Acesso em: 03 set. 2012.
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SILVA, Rodrigo Medeiros. DPU age para impedir que se perpetue o descaso contra os atingidos pela Barragem Figueiredo. Combate ao Racismo Ambiental, 28 nov. 2011. Disponivel em: Acesso em: 03 set. 2012.
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AÇAO Civil Publica em face ao DEPARTAMENTO NACIONAL DE OBRAS CONTRA AS SECAS - DNOCS. Fortaleza, 14 nov. 2011. 21 p.

BRASIL. Presidencia da Republica. Controladoria Geral da Uniao. Relatorio de Auditoria N° 00190.024902/2011-11. Brasília: CGU, dez. 2011. 251 p.


BRASIL. Ministerio da Integracao Nacional. Departamento Nacional de Obras Contra as Secas. DNOCS discute no Ceara obras financiadas pelo PAC. Fortaleza, 11 mar. 2009. Disponivel em: Acesso em: 17 nov. 2010.
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Forum em Defensa da Zona Costra do Ceardà
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Media Links

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O governador Cid Gomes fala sobre o período de construção da Barragem Figueiredo e do Cinturão das Águas e a importância das obras para o Estado
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ContributorDiogo Rocha
Last update08/04/2014