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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

Lançamento de livro em Brasília: Ocekadi: Hidrelétricas, Conflitos Socioambientais e Resistência na bacia do Tapajós

Convidamos para o lançamento em Brasília do livro Ocekadi: hidrelétricas, conflitos socioambientais e resistência na Bacia do Tapajós, co-editado pelo Programa de Antropologia e Arqueologia (PAA) da Universidade Federal do Oeste do Pará (Ufopa) e pela International Rivers - Brasil. Reunindo trabalhos de pesquisadores vinculados a diversas instituições do poder público e organizações da sociedade civil, o livro tem o objetivo de oferecer subsídios para o aprofundamento do debate público acerca do conjunto de hidrelétricas e outros grandes empreendimentos planejados, em constru

Quem são os chineses de olho na Amazônia? | Reporter Brasil

A Brazilian dam.
Monday, February 15, 2016
A look at the role Chinese companies are playing in building dams in the Amazon. Please note: This article is in Portuguese.

10 Reasons Why Climate Initiatives Should Not Include Large Hydropower Projects

A Civil Society Manifesto for the Support of Real Climate Solutions Large hydropower projects are often propagated as a “clean and green” source of electricity by international financial institutions, national governments and other actors. They greatly benefit from instruments meant to address climate change, including carbon credits under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), credits from the World Bank’s Climate Investment Funds, and special financial terms from export credit agencies and green bonds. The dam industry advocates for large hydropower projects to be funded by the Green

10 Things You Should Know About Dams

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
1. 50,000 Large Dams Are Clogging the World's Rivers: About 50,000 dams with a height of 15 meters or more and millions of smaller dams have been built on the world's rivers. Some of them date back centuries, but most were built after World War II. About 5,000 dams have a height of 60 meters or more; another 350 such giants are currently under construction. 2. Dams Are Changing the Face of the Earth: Dams have fragmented two thirds of the world's large rivers and flooded a land area the size of Spain. Their reservoirs contain three times as much water as all the world's rivers, and constantly


Monday, December 16, 2013
Consta na agenda oficial do Ministério de Minas e Energia, em sua página na internet, a previsão de realização, de uma reunião do Conselho Nacional de Política Energética (CNPE) no dia 17 deste mês. [1] O que é este conselho e o que será decidido nesta reunião? Quem vai decidir? Essas dúvidas têm razão de existir. Afinal, a grande maioria dos brasileiros provavelmente nunca ouviu falar do CNPE! Em decretos presidenciais de 2000 e 2006 - que regulamentaram a lei que criou o CNPE em 1997 - existe a previsão de participação de um representante da sociedade civil e um represent

Hydroelectric Dams in Pará and Two Serious Legal Offenses: Omission and Leniency

Photo courtesy of Xingu Vivo
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
On International Human Rights Day, December 10th, we demand JUSTICE NOW for the cases of Belo Monte, Teles Pires and Tapajós. Omission: lack of action in the fulfillment of an obligation Leniency: tolerance towards something unlawful or prohibited Photo courtesy of Xingu Vivo "We, the indigenous people of the Juruna community of Paquiçamba, are concerned with the construction of the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam because we will be without means of transportation and our livelihoods will be threatened. The decrease in the river’s flow will diminish game for hunting and bring more mosquito

Recent Portuguese Content

This is a list of recent Portuguese content at International Rivers. For more information about our work please visit our Latin America Program page. 

Update from the Amazon: Letter 8 from the Occupation

A lone warrior stands in front of the occupied construction site of the Belo Monte Dam in the Brazilian Amazon.
The indigenous protestors of the Belo Monte Dam site are under threat of being attacked and forcibly removed from their second occupation of the site within a month.

Call for Peace and Respect in the Amazon

A mother and her child attend the press conference and protest on May 6, 2013 against a ban on the entry of lawyers and journalists at the occupation of Belo Monte.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
On May 2, representatives of eight indigenous groups from around the Amazon began an occupation of the construction site of the Belo Monte Dam. They were asking the government of Brazil to respect the legal requirement of prior and informed consultation of indigenous peoples and to immediately suspend construction, technical studies and police operations related to dams along the Xingu, Tapajós and Teles Pires rivers. A mother and child at the May 6 press conference and protest against a ban on the entry of lawyers and journalists at the occupation of Belo Monte. Photo courtesy of Paygomuyatp

Every River Has A Story

What's yours? Please Share Your Story With Us by emailing it to stories@internationalrivers.orgIn honor of the International Day of Action for Rivers, in 2013 we launched a project to gather river stories from around the world to inspire, engage, and connect with one another. During the 2013 Day of Action for Rivers we received 38 incredible river stories! The turnout was wonderful, so we decided to keep the stories coming! We want to hear the story of you and your river through prose, poetry or artwork, in an email or by mail. We would especially love to receive short stories and blogs with a

Letter from Cobija – VI Panamazonian Social Forum

Saturday, December 1, 2012
Cobija, Bolivia We are the people of all peoples. We are the men from the forest and the women from the rain; we are Panamazonia, the heart of the planet. In our lands and rivers, a decisive battle for the fate of humanity is being fought. On one side, transnational corporations, agribusiness and large mining companies promote the destruction of our forests and our waters in the name of a progress that benefits only the owners of capital. On the other, we - indigenous peoples, peasants, quilombolas , workers of the fields, forests and cities - are fighting for our lands, for the rights of Mo