Amazon Tribe Blocks Highway to Stop Hydroelectric Dams

Friday, June 1, 2007
A remote Amazonian tribe are blockading a major highway in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso in protest at a series of hydroelectric dams that will destroy their vital fishing grounds. The Enawene Nawe Indians set up their blockade yesterday morning. Companies led by the world’s largest soya producers, the Maggi family, are pushing for a vast complex of dams to be built along the Juruena river which flows through the tribe’s land. Europe buys half the soya exported from Mato Grosso. The Enawene Nawe, who eat no red meat, fear the fish they rely on will no longer be able to reach

Study of energy potential of Xingu River is being evaluated by ANEEL

Thursday, November 1, 2007
Brasília - A study on the possibilities of building hydroelectric dams on the Xingu River, which flows through Mato Grosso and Pará states, has been delivered to the National Electrical Energy Agency (ANEEL). Studies for the document, which the Federal Attorney´s office (MPF) and indigenous leaders who live along the river have been expecting, was carried out by Eletrobrás and by the companies Odebrecht, Camargo Corrêa, and Andrade Gutierrez, and the document was delivered yesterday (Oct. 31). In an event last week, Glenn Switkes, the Latin America Director of the non-governmental

Estudo sobre potencial energético do Rio Xingu é avaliado pela Aneel

Thursday, November 1, 2007
Brasília - Um estudo sobre as possibilidades de aproveitamento elétrico no Rio Xingu, que corta os estados do Mato Grosso e do Pará, foi entregue à Agência Nacional de Energia Elétrica (Aneel). O documento, que era esperado pelo Ministério Público Federal (MPF) e por lideranças indígenas que vivem em áreas banhadas pelo rio, foi realizado pela Eletrobrás e pelas empresas Odebrecht, Camargo Corrêa e Construtora Andrade Gutierresz e entregue ontem (31). Em evento semana passada, o diretor da organização não-governamental Rivers Network na América Latina, Glenn Switkes, afirmou

Em Defesa da Vida e do Rio Xingu

Sunday, October 21, 2007
(em inglês)Nós, Povos Indígenas: Xikrin, Pykajakà, Potikro, Bacajá, Mrotidjam; Kayapó: Kikretum, Kokraimoro, Pukararankre, Kendjam, Moikarakô, Aukre, Kôkôkuedajà, Kararaô; Araweté do Igarapé Ipixuna; Parakanã -- Apyterewa; Assurini do Xingu; Juruna (Pakisamba e Km 17); Xipaya, Kuruaya; Arara do Pará (do Maia, Laranjal e Cachoeira Seca); índios da cidade de Altamira; Apinajé do Estado do Tocantins; Tembé; Gavião e Karitiana de Rondônia; juntos com os movimentos sociais e Organizações Não Governamentais, institutos de pesquisas e Universidade Federal do Pará e ao convite

In Defense of Life and the Xingu River

Sunday, June 3, 2007
We wish to express our concern about the possible construction of a complex of hydroelectric dams on the Xingu River. If these large dams are constructed on the Volta Grande (Big Bend) of the Xingu River they will affect indigenous peoples, agricultural communities, the forest and its biodiversity, and would harm life in the Xingu basin. We are totally opposed to Belo Monte [one of the large dams] because the Xingu River is our life. The death of the river would threaten our lives, our future, our people, and our children and grandchildren. Any interference with the Xingu will cause the extinc


Saturday, April 30, 2005
Alerts regarding the consequences of hydroelectric projects planned for the Xingu River, Brazilian AmazonPublication of the panel of experts on the Xingu hydroelectric complex, May 2005 Executive Summary 1. Summary of the plans for hydroelectric dams on the Xingu River An obsession of global engineering is the fixed idea to dam all rivers that have significant hydroelectric potential. Within this vision, rivers are no longer viewed as living flows of water, bio–chemical media which maintain life in equilibrium, including the lives of riverbank dwellers and migratory animals. Instead, rivers

Rio Madeira Vivo

Thursday, October 11, 2007
The Brazilian government is planning a series of large hydroelectric dams on the Amazon's principal tributary, the Madeira River. These dams will cause enormous environmental impacts, and activists are mobilizing to argue against their construction.

Belo Monte Dam and the Hydro Development of the Xingu

Sunday, May 7, 2006
Phillip M. Fearnside (2006) "Dams in the Amazon: Belo Monte and Brazil's Hydroelectric Development of the Xingu River Basin," Environmental Management 38:1.


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