Tucuruí Dam

In Pará, MAB Occupies Tucuruí Dam

Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Around 600 families-members of the Movement of Dam Affected People and Via Campesina, occupied today, 23 of May at 15:30 hours the Tucuruí Dam in Pará. The occupation is part of the national day of disobedience against the current economic policies, the neoliberal model and in defence of national sovereignty. Police fired rubber bullets against the demonstrators and injured several. An activist named Aildo had to receive urgent medical treatment and was taken to the closest hospital. After the confrontation the protesters finally managed to enter the dam’s building and at the moment oc

Environmental Impacts of Tucuruí Dam

Monday, January 1, 2001
Philip M. Fearnside (2001) "Environmental Impacts of Brazil’s Tucuruí Dam: Unlearned Lessons for Hydroelectric Development in Amazonia," Environmental Management 27:3.

Belo Monte Dam Marks a Troubling New Era in Brazil's Attitude to its Rainforest

Monday, August 15, 2011
Originally published in The Ecologist Belo Monte is just one of a dozen giant dam projects Brazil plans to build in the Amazon region in the coming decades and opens up the world's largest tropical rainforest to oil and mining exploration The Kayapó chief stands, and a hush comes over the circle. All the other caciques wait expectantly for Raoni Metuktire to speak. 

Instead, he starts to dance, whooping and shouting, a dance for the enemy. Afterwards, he speaks. 'I will go there, to Belo Monte, and warn my family,' he says, the disc in his lower lip punctuating his words. &#

Fear and Loathing at Tucuruí, Part Two

MAB and police
The Brazilian government is tightening the screws on anti-dam protestors. The Movement of Dam-Affected People (MAB), unable to engage the government or dam builders in constructive dialogues on respecting the rights of local populations has often resorted to civil disobedience - blocking roads, sitting in at public agencies, and occupying dams - as a tool to get them to the table. But, on April 27, police in Pará state broke up MAB's occupation of the work site for navigation locks at Tucuruí Dam. Reportedly some of the protestors were beaten, and 18 leaders of the movement were hauled awa

Fear and Loathing at Tucuruí

The brutal murder of a union leader who fought on behalf of those whose lives were ruined by Tucuruí Dam in the Brazilian Amazon has re-connected the issues of violence and disregard for the rights of dam-affected populations. Raimundo Nonato do Carmo, 53, "Raimundinho" was shot seven times on April 16 by two men on a motorcycle as he walked out of a supermarket on the street in which he lived in the town of Tucuruí. Sonia Magalhães, a researcher at the Federal University of Pará State, who for over 25 years has followed the battle of those displaced by the dam which beg

"Jornal do Brasil" Jan. 2008 Article on Reservoir Emissions

Sunday, January 27, 2008
Translated extracts from article "Energy Policy: Hydropower and Global Warming" published in Jornal do Brasil, 27 January 2008. For full article in Portuguese click on: http://quest1.jb.com.br/editorias/cienciaetecnologia/papel/2008/01/27/ci...Alexandre Kemenes, Programa LBA (INPA)Bruce Forsberg, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (INPA)John Melack, University of California, USABrazil is committed to producing inventories of all its greenhouse gas emissions. The first inventory of emissions from hydropower compared the emissions from tropical Brazilian reservoirs with thermal power p
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