October 22, 2017

Large Dams

Chile’s large dam projects

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International Rivers explains the problems associated with a series of large dams planned on Chile’s Pascua and Baker Rivers. Chile recently approved the building of a series of large dam complexes on the Pascua and Baker Rivers amidst one of the last remaining pristine wildernesses on Earth. Further permission for a 1900 kilometer transmission line […]

Ethiopia’s large dam projects

Kara boy in the Omo valley (photo by Daniel Sullivan)

If completed, the Gilgel Gibe series of dams on Ethiopia’s Omo River will be Africa’s largest hydroelectric installation. Planned to comprise a series of 5 cascading hydro-dams, the World Bank has provoked controversy by providing the credit to build a thousand kilometer transmission line from the dams to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. This latest decision […]

Belo Monte – announcement of war (2012)

Belo Monte (2012)

The construction of the Belo Monte dam is one of the most controversial developments ever seen in Brazilian history. The issues raised by its construction go beyond environmental, cultural and social impacts. The approval of a gigantic development in the heart of the Amazon forest, among indigenous lands, has raised alarming concerns. The independent film […]

Brazil’s large dam projects

Amazonian tribes threatened by Brazil's large dam projects

*UPDATE* 15th August 2012. Court halts work on Belo Monte dam A high-level court yesterday suspended construction of the controversial Belo Monte dam project on the Amazon’s Xingu River, citing overwhelming evidence that indigenous people had not been properly consulted prior to government approval of the project. [. . . MORE . . .] Learn […]

Damned over the dam

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Letter published in The Guardian on Saturday 3 July 1999. Brian Wilson (“Dam Cheek”, the Guardian, 1 July 1999) refuses to publish the facts on the Ilisu dam – the excuse being commercial confidentiality. If it is the law that the interests of any large company has precedence over social, ecological and moral imperatives, then […]

Sunderlal Bahuguna – A gentle warrior

Sunderlal Bahuguna

Sunderlal Bahuguna of India is fighting to save Himalayan people, their culture and their environment. This article first appeared in Resurgence Issue 181, March/April 1997. See more of Sunderlal Bahuguna and the Chipko movement here. There are three things I have in London that together are of special significance: a coloured cotton bolster, a half […]

The Emerald Forest (1985)

Charley Boorman - The Emerald Forest (1985)

John Boorman’s prescient tale of the Brazilian Amazon, where the construction of a giant dam threatens more than the indigenous tribes whose lands will be overwhelmed.

Worshipping at the altar of economic pragmatism

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The World Bank has suspended, on environmental grounds, a loan of $256 million for the Polonoroeste [road building and rainforest clearing] Project in Brazilian Amazonia. But the Bank’s President, Alden W. Clausen, continues to “worship at the altar of economic pragmatism”. Published in The Ecologist Vol. 15 No. 4, July–August 1985. The World Bank has […]

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