The Monitoring Andean Amazon Project presents a new map describing the loss of forest. More than 36,100 hectares of forest have been lost because of flooding by dams, especially the Jirau dam.
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.
According to newspaper Valor Economico, binational plant should cost $ 5 billion and enter service in 2022. BNDES is seen as the main funder.
The dams of Santo Antônio and Jirau, under construction on the Madeira River, will have significant impacts, including flooding in Bolivia, due to the formation of a higher backwater upstream of the reservoir Jirau.
The flooding of the Negro River this year is being influenced by the waters of the Madeira River and can be among the five biggest floods in 112 years.
Impacts of flooding occurred recently by extreme weather event were compounded by hydroelectric plants installed along the watercourse.
The Madeira River, a tributary of the Amazon River which drains parts of Bolivia, Peru and Brazil, has one of the highest sediment loads of the world.
Documentary with testimonies of people affected by hydroelectrics Santo Antonio and Jirau and Madeira river floods, amplified by dams.
With the intensification of social and economic damage caused by the flooding of the Madeira River in Rondônia, the governor declared public emergency in the State.
The license for hydroelectrics Jirau and San Antonio was denied in 2007 by a technical board of IBAMA, considering them unsustainable. Then there were layoffs at the top of IBAMA and the Ministry of Environment.