Brazil’s development bank is investing heavily in a plan to build huge hydroelectric dams in the Amazon and across South America.
According to the complaint, Brazil authorized work on the Belo Monte dam, without consultation or prior, free and informed authorization by the indigenous communities of the region.
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?
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.
A Chinese company with a trail of human rights violations wants to build a plant in São Luiz do Tapajós, the biggest environmental controversy since Belo Monte dam
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.
The Public Prosecution held a public meeting in Santarém, Pará state, Brazil, to discuss impacts of São Luiz do Tapajós hydroelectric construction and irregularities of the environmental impact study.
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.
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.