Letter | Civil Society Tells Argentine Congress Why Dams on the Santa Cruz River Are a Bad Idea

The Santa Cruz River.
Monday, July 24, 2017
The Santa Cruz River. Fernando de Gorocica, via Wikimedia Commons On July 19, 2017, a large group civil society organizations submitted a letter to Argentinean decision-makers detailing their concerns about the Kirchner-Cepernic Hydroelectric Complex (KCHC), a hydroelectric project proposed for the Santa Cruz River. The Santa Cruz River is one of the last, largest free-flowing rivers in Argentina. Its originates from two glacial lakes, Viedma and Argentino, in Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1981. The Kirchner-Cepernic Complex w

World Bank Investigation Confirms Serious Problems at Yacyretá Dam

Monday, May 10, 2004
(São Paulo) Following an 18–month investigation of the troubled Yacyretá dam on the Paraguay–Argentina border, the World Bank’s Inspection Panel has concluded that the project violates four separate World Bank policies on 14 different counts. The policies cover environmental assessment, involuntary resettlement, and project supervision, monitoring and evaluation. This is the Inspection Panel’s second critical review of the Bank’s failure to comply with its own policies on Yacyretá, which received World Bank loans totaling $878 million between 1979 and 2002. T

Yacyretá Dam

Home affected by flooding from Yacyretá
Yacyretá Dam on the Paraná River has been under construction since 1979. A battle has raged to increase the height of the reservoir, thus putting 80,000 people in danger of being flooded out. Investigations by the World Bank and Inter–American Development Bank have shown that authorities of the bi–national company EBY are unable to handle the devastating social dislocation that raising the reservoir would cause. Yacyretá is a textbook study in corruption, inefficiency, poor planning, and lack of respect for human rights and the environment. The project involves two governments and the W
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