Was Brazil’s BNDES bank too rigid to change course when the Belo Monte dam showed signs of becoming a financial, environmental and social disaster?
Today’s small family-run Brazil nut processing center prospers, while Henry Ford’s rubber plantation and Julio Vito Pentagna Guimarāes’s mega-cattle ranch have been reclaimed by the jungle.
Over a hundred Mundurukú indigenous, among them leaders, warriors and children, came to a point on the Tapajos river, which they consider sacred, to pass a message to the world: “Stop the dams. Keep the Tapajós river alive.”
A partnership between organizations and a university has emerged as an alternative to the construction of hydroelectric plants and will be the first wind power system in the Indigenous Land of Light for All Program.
After a heavy rain day in Altamira, Brazil, more than 500 families in the Jardim Independente neighborhood had their community flooded. Families report that the lake’s dam is directly impacting the flow of rainwater.
Where rainforest stood, Amazon basin boom towns spring up to house workers building dams, roads, transmission lines and other infrastructure — cities like Altamira lack basic sanitation and have high crime rates.
Porto Velho is at risk by the existence of the Jirau and Santo Antônio dams, Madeira upriver. If the first breaks down, the wall of water that would cascade down the river would immediately break the Santo Antonio dam as well.
The Greek myth of Damocles can be used to represent the situation of Porto Velho city, in Brazil, located immediately below the Santo Antonio dam on the Madeira River. Porto Velho thus is under an ongoing risk.
The project’s license was granted by IBAMA after the president of Funai, João Pedro Gonçalves, approved it without consulting with indigenous people.