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Sigourney Weaver Narrates New Google Earth Animation on Brazil’s Controversial Belo Monte Dam

Monday, August 30, 2010
10-minute Tour in 3-D Highlights the Dam's Harmful Impacts on Xingu River and Greener Alternatives Download the tour or view the video San Francisco, CA - International Rivers and Amazon Watch have teamed up to create a state-of-the-art 10-minute Google Earth 3-D tour and video narrated by actress Sigourney Weaver, with technical assistance from Google Earth Outreach, in support of Brazil's Movimento Xingu Vivo Para Sempre (Xingu River Forever Alive Movement). The video and tour allow viewers to learn about the harmful impacts of, and alternatives to the massive Belo Monte Dam Complex on t

Indigenous Movement Protests Against the Granting of the Belo Monte Dam Concession in Brasilia

Thursday, August 26, 2010
A mobilization against the signing of the Concession for Belo Monte marked the inauguration of the refurbished Presidential Palace on Thursday, August 26th, 2010. The act took place in the plaza of the three powers in Brasília, with the participation of indigenous leaders, representatives of environmental organizations like Greenpeace, the Indigenous Missionary Council (CIMI) and the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB) and civil society. The goal of the mobilization was to protest against the signing of the Decree of the Grant for the Concession of the Belo Monte Dam Compl

Sigourney Weaver Narrates Google Earth Tour of Belo Monte Dam

Sheyla Juruna Explains Why the Juruna People are Opposed to the Belo Monte Dam Complex
Friday, August 27, 2010
Tour graphically shows impacts of Belo Monte and 60 other dams planned for Amazon Download the Google Earth Tour (Courtesy of the Internet Archive) Sign the petition to stop the monstrous Belo Monte Dam now! International Rivers has partnered with Amazon Watch and actors Sigourney Weaver and Dira Paes to produce a new Google Earth tour and video called “Defending the Rivers of the Amazon.” In an English-language version available above, and a Portuguese-language version available here, the actors take us on a journey through the Xingu Basin to reveal what would be lost if the Belo Monte

Protecting Rivers and Rights: Ten Years after the World Commission on Dams Report

We are committed to meeting the world's water and energy needs in an equitable way while preserving healthy rivers and the livelihoods that depend on them. We have ongoing concerns about large dams and the ways in which they are being planned, implemented and operated. A decade after the World Commission on Dams (WCD) issued its groundbreaking report, the evidence continues to mount that large dams – unless they are developed with the strictest environmental and social standards – bring significant costs to people and the planet: The UN's Third Global Biodiversity Outlook (May 201

New Online Map Plots 140 Large Dams Planned for the Amazon

Wednesday, August 18, 2010
“Dam rush” would Devastate Amazon Ecosystems and PeopleAn interactive online database and map launched today graphically illustrates the impacts from more than 140 large dams at various stages of planning in the Amazon Basin. This unique resource, available at www.dams-info.org, uses official sources of information to document the shocking number of dams planned in the Amazon Basin in Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, and outlines the devastation these projects would bring to the river and its peoples. The Amazon plays a key role in regulating the world's climate and is an area

Carta Final do Acampamento Terra Livre: “Em Defesa do Rio Xingu: Contra Belo Monte!"

Thursday, August 12, 2010
    Nós povos indígenas, Juruna, Xipaya, Arara da Volta Grande, Kuruaia e Xicrin da região de Altamira, Guajajara, Gavião, Krikati, Awa Guajá, Kayapó do MT e PA, Tembé, Aikeora, Suruí, Xavante, Karintiana, Puruborá, Kassupá, Wajapi, Karajá, Apurinã, Makuxi, Nawa AC, Mura do AM, Tupaiu, Borari, Tapuia, Arapiuns, Pataxó, Tupiniquim, Javaé, Kaingang, Xucuru, Marubu, Maiuruna, Mundukuru do AM e do PA e dos demais estados da Amazônia e outras regiões do Brasil, agricultores, ribeirinhos e moradores das cidades de Itaituba, região do Tapajós, Trairão, Medicilândia, Uruará, Pl

Lack of Private Sector in Belo Monte Consortium Signals Investor Concerns Over Financial Risks

Friday, July 16, 2010
Amazon Mega-Dam Deemed Unfeasible in Risk Scenario Analysis Brasilia, Brazil - This week's announcement detailing the members of the consortium seeking to build the controversial Belo Monte Dam in the Brazilian Amazon reveals a striking lack of private sector participation. The 18-member Norte Energia consortium(1) is marked by the absence of key players in the country's dam-building industry. State-owned or state-controlled participation in the consortium totals 77.5 percent, dwarfing the role of private sector investors and reflecting concerns about the financial risks associated wit

Devastating Floods Linked to Dam Bursts in Northeast Brazil

Dam burst on  Mundaú River, Rio Largo town, in the state of Alagoas
This is a guest blog by Amazon Program Intern Lilian Alves and Amazon Program Director Brent Millikan. Dam burst on Mundaú River, Rio Largo town, in the state of Alagoas Leo Caldas/Revista Veja The Northeast of Brazil is well-known for its periodic episodes of severe drought that cause particular hardship for those already suffering from extreme poverty, especially in the region's backlands (sertão). Last month, however, the Northeast was hit by devastating floods, where over fifty people were killed and an estimated 150,000 were left homeless. The center of the tragedy has been the

Statement Regarding Lula’s visit to Altamira, Pará

Deaf, blind and careless A strong repressive apparatus consisting of the Brazilian Armed Forces, shock troops, and military police prevented the protests of around 400 riverine people, small farmers, students and teachers against the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam from reaching President Lula this week, in the city of Altamira, Pará. Federal government representative Geraldo Magela, a collaborator of Minister Luis Dulci, the General Secretary of the Presidency, led the police forces that blocked the protesters’ entrance to the stadium where Lula addressed a small audience. The police target

Speech by Pres. Lula at a rally for the Belo Monte Dam

Speech by Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva at a rally for the Belo Monte Dam and the “development” of the Xingu Region Altamira – PA, June 22nd, 2010 I, comrades, learned over the course of my life, to do politics and I learned to understand people’s behavior. It’s not possible that we don’t take into consideration… and here, I think it’s important that the press register this democratic act that we’re doing here. Certainly, a half-dozen well-intentioned young people, but certainly with intentions, maybe not thinking of Belo Monte… If they had the patience t

Statement of Ashaninka Communities

Saturday, May 8, 2010
Statement of Ashaninka Communities from the Ene River Basin about the Hydroelectric Dam Project in Pakitzapango The Ashaninka communities from the Ene River Basin from the Satipo Province, Junín Region, Peru, met in their XIV Ordinary Congress of the Central Ashaninka del Rio Ene, in the Pamakiari Native Community, annex of Cutivireni (Tambo River district), on May 7 and 8, 2010, to discuss the construction of the Pakitzapango Hydroelectric Plant, express the following. Considering that: Our history is full of constant abuses: we were slaved during the rubber period, stripped from our terr

Statement of Ashaninka Communities from the Ene River Basin about the Hydroelectric Dam Project in Pakitzapango

Saturday, May 8, 2010
The Ashaninka communities from the Ene River Basin from the Satipo Province, Junín Region, Peru, met in their XIV Ordinary Congress of the Central Ashaninka del Rio Ene, in the Pamakiari Native Community, annex of Cutivireni (Tambo River district), on May 7 and 8, 2010, to discuss the construction of the Pakitzapango Hydroelectric Plant, express the following. Considering that: Our history is full of constant abuses: we were slaved during the rubber period, stripped from our territories, and submitted to cruel atrocities during the social violence of the 1980s. The Truth Commission accounts

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