Experts claim that 450 dams can destroy one third of the world’s freshwater fishes in the Amazon, Congo and Mekong basins, where live 4000 species of freshwater fishes live.
February 22, 2016
Norte Energia concessionaire, owner of the Belo Monte Dam, under construction on the Xingu River, Brazil, was fined due to the large amount of dead fish as a result of the plant’s reservoir filling.
September 23, 2021
The appeal signed by 300 organizations around the world addresses the COP26. According to the document, hydroelectric power plants increase greenhouse gas emissions and deplete natural resources. In the Amazon, Belo Monte deforested an area larger than the city of São Paulo. Works at 12 hydroelectric plants could lead to the deforestation of 9,500 km2 in the Tapajós river basin.
January 16, 2016
A Brazilian court has suspended the operating licence for the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam, one of the world’s largest, just weeks before its owner, planned to start electricity generation, prosecutors said.