Next year the Belo Monte dam will flood vast swathes of Amazon rainforest. Indian tribes living on the river have lost their fight to halt the project – now they await the floods that threaten their entire way of life.
For years, large dams have been the first choice to meet energy needs in most of Latin America. However, according to various studies, large dams do not mean clean energy and are not enviornmentally friendly.
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.
Chadin II includes the construction of a dam 150 meters high, which would flood 32.5 kilometers of land and require an investment of 1650 thousand dollars.