The Chixoy Dam Destroyed Our Lives

Monday, March 1, 2004
Chapter from Human Rights Dialogue: "Environmental Rights", Published by Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs. Describes the tragedy of the Maya-Achí people of Guatemala, victims of a World Bank-funded hydroelectric dam, and their efforts to reclaim their lives. Download document

Represa Chixoy, Guatemala

Durante más de 20 años, las comunidades afectadas por la Represa Chixoy han exigido las indemnizaciones por los daños y perjuicios causados por el proyecto, construido durante la dictadura militar más represiva de Guatemala. La International Rivers y el Centro Legal para la Defensa Ambiental han colaborado para conseguir la representación pro–bono del bufete jurídico estadounidense de Holland y Knight a las Comunidades en esta mesa de negociaciones.


Hundreds of large dams are being planned, with very little transparency, threatening to destroy the rivers of Central America and Mexico, along with the economies of communities that rely on these rivers for their livelihood. The dams would impact fish stocks and coastal ecosystems, wetlands and mangroves that contain many plant and animal species, some still undiscovered.

Chixoy Dam Legacy Issues: Overview

Chixoy Dam–Affected Communities and the Rio Negro Massacres
Thursday, March 17, 2005
The Chixoy Dam and its Pueblo Viejo Hydroelectric facility, built by INDE (Instituto Nacional de Electrificación) with financing from the Inter–American Development Bank and the World Bank, is the major source of electrical power for the nation of Guatemala. Chixoy Dam–Affected Communities and the Rio Negro Massacres Designs for this facility were approved, the project financed, and construction begun in 1975 without notifying the local population. Construction began without conducting a comprehensive census of affected peoples, without legal acquisition of all the land supporting the

When the Rivers Run Dry

Friday, October 5, 2007
The World Bank, Dams and the Quest for Reparations The World Bank has been the largest single source of funds for large dam construction worldwide. Under its stated aim of alleviating poverty, it has promoted and funded dams that have displaced more than 10 million people from their homes and land, caused severe environmental damage, and pushed borrowers further into debt. Never hesitant to exact loan repayment in perpetuity for projects it has funded (even failed projects), the World Bank has never been forced to pay for the destruction it has caused to millions of people’s lives and th

Chixoy Dam Legacy Issues Study

Thursday, March 17, 2005
Volume 1: Exectutive Summary: Consequential Damages and Reparations: Recommendations for Remedy. Volume 2: Document Review and Chronology of Relevant Actions and Events. Volume 3: Consequential Damage Assessment of Chixoy River Basin Communities. Volume 4 (chapters 1-3): Social Investigation of the Communities Affected by the Chixoy Dam. Chapters 1-3: Backround | Methodology | ResultsChapter 4: Community of Agua BlancaChapter 5: Community of La CampanaChapter 6: Chicruz VillageChapter 7: Colony el NaranjoChapter 8: Resettlement of PacuxChapter 9: Panquix VillageChapter 10: Río Negro VillageCh

Concerns over World Bank's Inga Rehabilitation

Saturday, March 24, 2007
RE: Concerns of Proposed Regional and Domestic Power Markets Development Project To the World Bank Board of Directors: We commend the Bank’s interest and commitment to refurbish existing energy infrastructure at the Inga site in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). However, the legacy of the Inga dams and the interest in further hydropower development of the Inga site raise several issues which create a more complex context for the Bank’s proposed Regional and Domestic Power Markets Development Project (RDPMDP).1 The following issues demand further attention before the Bank approves financi


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