Tapajós; Brazil; Amazonia

Ocekadi: Hydroelectric Dams, Socio-Environmental Conflicts, and Resistance in the Tapajós Basin

Saturday, June 25, 2016
In the language of Brazil’s indigenous Munduruku people, “Ocekadi” means “the river of our place.” It is their name for the Tapajós River, which forms the core of their traditional lands in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon. A region of tremendous social and biological diversity, the Tapajós river basin connects two important biomes: the tropical savannah (cerrado) and the Amazon. Now, an unprecedented number of hydroelectric dam projects threaten the Tapajós and its major tributaries, together with industrial waterways (hidrovias), road paving, mining and agribusiness enterprise
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