Río Pascua: Contra La Corriente de HidroAysén

Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Nuestro amigo y colega Italo Retamal de Ceibo Producciones ha creado este video de la material que él logró conseguir en la expedicón que International Rivers ayudó en realizar en enero de 2008 para conocer el Río Pascua. Tome un momento para gozar de las imagenes de un lugar realmente prístino y desconocido, y aprender más de la urgencia de proteger los ríos de la Patagonia Chilena de la amenaza de los mega-proyectos hidroeléctricos. Agradecemos a Juan Pablo Orrego de Ecosistemas por la narración excelente.

Grupo Matte Initiates Blasting on Chile's San Pedro River

New design plans for San Pedro project that were approved without environmental review
New design plans for San Pedro project that were approved without environmental review The Chilean energy company Colbún, controlled by the Matte Group and partner with Endesa in the HidroAysén mega-project, has initiated blasting at the site on the San Pedro River where they intend to build a 144 MW dam. The dam would flood more than 12 kilometers of a river winding through rare Valdivian Temperate Rainforest, putting a unique fish species on the extinction chopping block--as well as irrevocably changing the local communities chosen economic pursuits. It is important to remember that this

Brazilian Consortium to Build Amazon Dam

Monday, December 10, 2007
SAO PAULO, Brazil -A Brazilian consortium won an auction Monday to build and operate a major dam in the Amazon rain forest following a bidding process disrupted by protesters who claim the project will displace thousands and harm the environment.Consorcio Madeira Energetica, a group that includes participation by big construction company Norberto Odebrecht SA, beat out two other consortiums with participation by Spain's Endesa SA (nyse: ELE - news - people ) and Franco-Belgian utility Suez.Brazil's government expects it will cost $5.3 billion to build the Santo Antonio dam on the Madeira River

Auctioning off the Amazon: Brazil's Madeira River Auction Sparks Anger, Protests, Lawsuits

Monday, December 10, 2007
The Brazilian government’s auction of the Santo Antonio Dam project on the Madeira River today was met by demonstrations in Brazil, international protests and environmental lawsuits. Two dams and an industrial waterway are planned for the Madeira River, the Amazon’s principle tributary, but social, indigenous, and environmental activists as well as independent experts have criticized the project’s potential impact on rainforest ecosystems and communities.Last week, Friends of the Earth, Brazilian Amazon filed a lawsuit to stop the auction. Friends of the Earth argued that the environment

Licença para usinas no rio Madeira pega Bolívia de surpresa

Wednesday, July 11, 2007
O governo boliviano foi pego de surpresa com a decisão do Ibama de conceder a licença prévia para a construção de duas usinas hidrelétricas no rio Madeira, que nasce com o nome de Mamoré, na Bolívia. Da confluência do Mamoré com o rio Beni, ainda na Bolívia, surge o rio Madeira, na fronteira entre os dois países. Nesta terça-feira, um dia depois do anúncio oficial do Brasil, autoridades do governo boliviano analisavam a possibilidade de divulgar uma nota de protesto, pedindo explicações pela conclusão do Ibama Outra alternativa em discussão era a divulgação de um

O maior tributário do rio Amazonas ameaçado

Friday, September 28, 2007
Documento por Amigos da Terra Brasil e outras resumindo os impactos dos projetos hidrelétricos no rio Madeira

The Amazon River´s Largest Tributary is under Threat

Monday, September 10, 2007
Publication by International Rivers, Friends of the Earth Amazonia, Friends of the Earth Brazil and others sounds an alert to the threat posed by dams planned for the Madeira River


Hundreds of large dams are being planned, with very little transparency, threatening to destroy the rivers of Central America and Mexico, along with the economies of communities that rely on these rivers for their livelihood. The dams would impact fish stocks and coastal ecosystems, wetlands and mangroves that contain many plant and animal species, some still undiscovered.

Independent Experts Find Fatal Flaws in Amazon Dam Studies

Monday, November 13, 2006
A group of independent experts -- including internationally-renowned authorities on the Amazon -- have found serious errors and omissions in the environmental impact assessment (EIA) for Brazil’s massive Madeira River hydroelectric project. The experts found the EIA to be inadequate, and recommend that additional studies be undertaken to evaluate the project’s impacts. The independent studies were commissioned by the Rondônia Public Attorney’s office, and financed by the consortium seeking to build the dams. Brazil’s environmental protection agency, IBAMA, is currently holding public

Xingu River

The Xingu River flows from the tropical savanna of central Mato Grosso, Brazil northward to the Amazon for 1,979 km (1,230 miles). Some 25,000 indigenous people from 18 distinct ethnic groups live along the Xingu. In 1989, an international mobilization led by the Kayapó Indians stopped state-owned electric company Eletronorte´s plans to construct a six-dam complex on the Xingu and its tributary, the Iriri. Map of the Rivers of the Amazon Wikipedia Commons In 2016, Brazil completed construction of a huge dam on the Xingu River, called Belo Monte. Belo Monte will be the third-largest hydroel


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