By 2040, many of Brazil’s existing and planned hydropower projects, including those in the Tapajós basin, could become unviable as drought worsens and river flows decrease.
The São Luiz do Tapajós hydroelectric, which once had the start of their operations planned for January 2016 is now projected to run from 2021.
The president of the institution responsible for environment and natural resources of Brazil said that the licensing process is ahead and denied that IBAMA has rejected the operating license of the plant.
If Brazilian government gives the operating license to the hydroelectric and the 11 dam gates are closed, there will be 80% less water in Volta Grande. The natural cycle of ebbs and flows will no longer be the same.
Dams planned for the Amazon and its tributaries could do irreversible harm to fish migrations and to wildlife — but energy solutions ranging from run-of-the-river dams to a shift to solar and wind power could safeguard the forest.
In July of this year, a pipeline ruptured near an upriver tributary of the Aguarico, just above Dureno. The spill, an estimated 16,000 barrels, spread for almost a hundred miles down through the precious 600,000-hectare Cuyabeno wildlife reserve, as far as Zabalo.
Paper examines plans for the construction of dams in the basin of the Tapajós River and its effects on indigenous communities and the environment.
In a letter to world leaders at the UN Climate Summit in New York, a group of over 50 organizations stated that large dams built in the tropics as part of the hydroelectric plants do not generate clean energy.
A plan to build a dozen dams in the Tapajós river basin would drive the loss of 950,000 hectares of rainforest by 2032 by spurring land speculation and mass migration to the region, suggests a study published by Imazon.
The aim was to strengthen the knowledge of the people in their right to participate in the evaluation, approval and implementation of the project, that may will affect them.