Researchers from American and European institutions have created a method to improve the planning and implementation of hydroelectric plants while reducing socio-environmental impacts on the rainforest.
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.
The Brazilian environmental licensing agency, IBAMA, asks the reformulation of the impact study in more than 180 points that need to be deepened.
Land demarcation of Sawré Muybu is seen as a hindrance by the government, which plans to build seven power plants in the Tapajós River basin.