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Kaolin pipeline on Quilombo land in Moju, Para, Brazil

Quilombola´s communities against a pipeline that leads to the loss of 20% of their territories. In 2011, the Federal Court in Belém (PA) condemned VALE to pay monthly damages to families affected. In 2012, Vale sold the CADAM to KaMin company


The 674 quilombolas  or Maroons families living in municipality of Moju are suffering the negative impacts of the kaolin transport by Vale. The kaolin is explored by CADAM, a subsidiary of Vale, in Vitoria do Jari and transported by a pipeline to Barcarena, both in the State of Para. According to the report of the Ministerio Publico Federal in Para, since November 2006 six quilombolas communities (Jacundai, Mirindeua, Conceicao de Nossa Senhora das Gras, Santa Luzia, Sao Bernardino and Sao Manuel) had their crops affected by the mining company.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Kaolin pipeline on Quilombo land in Moju, Para, Brazil
State or province:Para
Location of conflict:Moju
Accuracy of locationMEDIUM (Regional level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Mineral Ores and Building Materials Extraction
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Mineral ore exploration
Tailings from mines
Transport infrastructure networks (roads, railways, hydroways, canals and pipelines)
Specific commodities:Kaolin, Also Known As China Clay
Project Details and Actors
Project details

-Kaolin is a mineral used in the production of paper, toothpaste, cosmetics, and other daily use products.

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Level of Investment for the conflictive project30,000,000
Type of populationRural
Start of the conflict:2006
Company names or state enterprises:Vale (Vale) from Brazil - formerly named Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (Brazil)
Caulim da Amazonia (Cadam) from Brazil
KaMin LLC from Belgium
Pará Pigmentos SA from Brazil
Imerys Rio Capim Caulim SA from Brazil
Relevant government actors:Ministerio Publico Federal - MPF, Ministerio Publico do Estado do Para - MPE/PA
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Local associations of the quilombolas communities, Comisión Pastoral de la Tierra (CPT), Consejo de las Asociaciones Remanente de Quilombolo de Moju.
Supporters: Universidad Federal Rural de la Amazonía (UFRA), ONG Amazônia, CPT, Red Brasilera de Justicia Social, ONG Centro de Mídia Independente y el Observatorio de Conflictos Mineros de América Latina (OCMAL)
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityHIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
Reaction stageIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups mobilizing:Local ejos
Ethnically/racially discriminated groups
Forms of mobilization:Blockades
Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Land occupation
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Street protest/marches
Property damage/arson
Appeals/recourse to economic valuation of the environment
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution, Soil contamination, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover
Potential: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Food insecurity (crop damage), Global warming, Soil erosion, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Mine tailing spills
Health ImpactsPotential: Accidents, Malnutrition
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors
Potential: Displacement, Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Land dispossession
Project StatusUnder construction
Conflict outcome / response:Compensation
Criminalization of activists
Court decision (victory for environmental justice)
Court decision (undecided)
New Environmental Impact Assessment/Study
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:The companys activities on the site remain and the social and environmental impacts have not been mitigated.
Sources & Materials
References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

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CONFLICTOS PROVOCADOS POR LA ACTUACIÓN DE LA VALE S.A. from the book PACHA: DEFENDIENDO LA TIERRA. Extractivismo, conflictos y alternativas en América Latina y Caribe.
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Cuando de infraestruCtura se trata, las osC también tienen voz.

estudio de Caso de inCidenCia medioambiental: mineroduCto en territorio Quilombolo, Jambuaçu (brasil) y el oleoduCto de los llanos (Colombia)
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MAPA DE CONFLITOS ENVOLVENDO INJUSTICA AMBIENTAL E SAUDE NO BRASIL. comunidades quilombolas de Moju sofrendo com a contaminacao dos rios e igarapes, em virtude de vazamentos do mineroduto de caulim. Disponivel em:
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Folha de Sao Paulo, Vale abandona segmento do minrio caulim
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Conselho das Associações de Remanescentes de Quilombo de Moju
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Conflicto Minero: Comunidades quilombolas do município de Moju (PA) contra Companhia Vale do Rio Doce
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Mineração e beneficiamento de caulim afetam meio ambiente na Amazônia Oriental
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Quilombolas fazem protesto contra Vale
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Justiça condena a Vale a indenizar 788 famílias quilombolas
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Contributor:Diogo Rocha
Last update18/08/2019
Conflict ID:215
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