The construction of the Belo Monte Dam

The construction of the Belo Monte Dam in Brazil. Credit: Programa de Aceleración del Crecimiento (PAC)/Creative Commons.

Time doesn’t stop and, unfortunately, nor does the construction of the Belo Monte Dam. Work is advancing at an impressive rate on the Xingu River, in the Brazilian Amazon; 65% of the dam is complete. As it grows, the ecosystem—and the lives of people living in the area—deteriorates.
Latin American civil society organizations "strongly recommend that CODE members send the first draft back to Management. Without structural changes to the Safeguard Policy proposal, we question if the second phase of consultations and the review process will be meaningful". According to them,...Read more
Rio Samana

Hydropower projects are on the rise in Latin America as governments seek to feed growing economies.

But at what cost?

The plants may harness the energy capacity of running water, a renewable resource. But poorly planned and implemented dams, especially large ones,...

The authorization violates national and international law because the communities affected by the project were not consulted. Construction of the dam continues, causing harms to people, communities and the ecosystem of the Brazilian Amazon.Read more
The 57 organizations and persons signatory to the letter, which work for the protection of human rights and the environment, express their deep concern at the detention of Mr. Marco Antonio Suástegui, leader of the Consejo de Ejidos y Comunidades Opositores a la Presa La Parota – CECOP (Council of...Read more
Fact Sheets
In its budget bill for 2014, the US Congress has taken bold steps to promote environmental justice within international financial institutions. Among other measures, the bill instructs the US representatives in these institutions to oppose large dams and logging projects that affect primary...Read more
Appeal to the UN seeks to stop eviction of Panamanian community.Read more
The article is an update and reissue of two chapters of the report Large Dams in the Americas: Is the Cure Worse than the Disease , written by Jacob Kopas and Astrid Puentes Riaño. The article identifies “the main obligations, standards, decisions and international law applicable to large...Read more
DR. JIM YONG KIM PRESIDENT THE WORLD BANK GROUP Dear Dr. Kim: We are writing to express our deepest concern regarding the World Bank Group decision to start financing and promoting large hydroelectric projects as “sustainable energy.” We urge you to review the information about negative impacts...Read more
Dam license could be suspended due to violations of social and environmental conditions.Read more