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UN Human Rights Council: Situation of the Belo Monte Dam in the State of Pará

Wednesday, September 22, 2010
The Special Rapporteur on the situation of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people, James Anaya, submits to the Human Rights Council the present report on specific cases he has examined concerning alleged violations of the human rights of indigenous peoples in many parts of the world. This report includes observations and recommendations by James Anaya on the Belo Monte Dam. Download the full report.  

Conservation Strategy Fund Report: Risk Scenarios and Environmental Issues around the Belo Monte Dam

Monday, August 16, 2010
ABSTRACT: The Amazon region is the final frontier and central focus of Brazilian hydro development, which raises a range of environmental concerns. The largest project in the Amazon is the planned Belo Monte Complex on the Xingu river. If constructed it will be the second biggest hydroelectric plant in Brazil, third largest on earth. In this study, we analyse the private and social costs, and benefits of the Belo Monte project. Furthermore, we present risk scenarios, considering fluctuations in the project’s feasibility that would result from variations in total costs and power. Download the

Hoodwinked in the Hothouse: False Solutions to Climate Change

Rising Tide North America and Carbon Trade Watch have produced the 2nd edition of Hoodwinked in the Hothouse: False Solutions to Climate Change.This 28-page booklet provides a close-to-comprehensive overview of false solutions to climate change. Fifteen concise articles – complete with photos and illustrations – cover more than 20 false solutions to climate change, including large dams and the Clean Development Mechanism, providing an easy-to-read introduction to the ever expanding market place of climate crisis technofixes. The booklet includes contributions from ETC Group, the Indigen

Water Alternatives: Special Issue on the WCD+10

Tucuruí dam in Brazil
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Tucuruí dam in Brazil Andreas Missbach In November 2000, the World Commission on Dams published its ground-breaking report, Dams and Development, after an unprecedented multi-stakeholder process. Ten years later, Water Alternatives, an independent academic online journal, revisits the WCD and its impacts in a special issue, and explores the question: Is the WCD still relevant? A team of editors and guest editors have selected a range of 20 papers, six viewpoints, and four book reviews that help to illustrate the evolution in the dams debate. The goal of the special issue is to examine the in

Dams and Development: A New Framework for Decision-Making

Download the WCD Final ReportThe World Commission on Dams issued this report, which contains a comprehensive review of dam building and a framework for planning water and energy projects while protecting people from the negative impacts of such development.

Report on the Threat to Biodiversity and Ecosystems in La Amistad World Heritage Site by Dams

Thursday, April 22, 2010
In this report the Biomonitoring Program of Anaii warns that dams might cause the extinction of multiple species and grave consequences on the health of ecosystems in the La Amistad International World Heritage Site and the La Amistad Bioshere Reserve in Panama and Costa Rica. Download report

Informe sobre las Amenazas a la Biodiversidad por la Represas en el Sitio de Patrimonio Historico La Amistad en Panama y Costa

Thursday, April 22, 2010
Actualizacion de informaciones sobre los efectos sobre la biodiversidad acuática y la función de ecosistemas de las cuatro represas hidroeléctricas propuestas n la cuenca hidrológica Changuinola/Teribe, Bocas del Toro, Panamá con énfasis en el Sitio de Patrimonio Mundial La Amistad. La mayor cantidad de cuencas en este Sitio de Patrimonio Mundial están siendo amenazadas con la extirpación de un gran número e especies y con consecuentes efectos secundarios que alterarán el carácter de sus ecosistemas, de las áreas

Report on the Identificacion and Verification of Damages Caused by the Chixoy Dam

Monday, November 9, 2009
Report on the Idenfitication and Verification of the Damages Caused to Communities by the Construction of the Chixoy Dam. Prepared by the negotiations table on reparations for communities. Download report in Spanish

Report on an Integral Development Plan for Communities Affected by the Chixoy Dam

Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Report on an Integral Development Plan for Communities Affected by the Construction of the Chixoy Dam. The plan was prepared by Guatemalan agencies, the IDB and communities and addresses use of resources and increasing agricultural production through the creation of Centers of Agro-industrial Transformation. The plan, which still lacks financing for its implementation is a part of the Reparations Plan being negotiated by communities and the government. Download report in Spanish

Communities stand up against Chinese dams on Burma's Irrawaddy

Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Open defiance against Chinese dams in military-ruled Burma surfaced this month as dam construction and a forced relocation process began in the country's northern Kachin State. Affected people directly confronted leading military personnel and held mass prayers, while a community network has written to the Chinese dam builders.On October 9th, residents of Tanghpre village at the planned Myitsone dam site on the confluence at the source of the Irrawaddy handed an open letter directly to Burma's Northern military commander, objecting to the dam.The dam will flood the confluence and displace 15,0


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