Indigenous Communities


Palm oil plantations are threatening the biodiversity of Chocó, an ancient forest in Ecuador. The companies managing these plantations have caused massive destruction to the forest, endangering rare species and displacing local farmers with near impunity. In September 2007, the...

Cerro Careperro Mandé Norte

In January 2009, Muriel Mining Corporation moved into the department of Chocó, Colombia to launch Mandé Norte, a project for the exploration and development of copper, gold, molybdenum and other minerals.

The US-based company began the project without proper consultation, and without the...

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
Amicus brief highlights unlawful consultation process.Read more
A total of 12 civil society organizations urged the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya, to conduct a formal investigation into the human rights impacts of the Barro Blanco dam located on the Tabasará River in Panama.Read more
Indigenous people affected by the Belo Monte Dam in Brazil's Amazon

Indigenous people affected by the Belo Monte Dam in Brazil's Amazon. Credit: Amazon Watch-Maíra Irigaray.

We see it time and again. Industries spew toxic pollutants into the air. Fracking fouls water with poisonous chemicals. Large dams flood people out of their villages. Mines ruin farmland. People lose their health, their jobs, their access to water, even their homes. All of these...

Julián López Cánare

Julián López Cánare, coordinator of the Náyeri Indigenous Council and a member of the Intercommunity Council of the San Pedro River. Credit: Gustavo Danemann.

If built, the Las Cruces Dam would block the San Pedro Mezquital, the last free-flowing river in Mexico’s western Sierra Madre. It would affect fisheries, agriculture, livestock and other activities that nearly 12,000 families depend upon for survival.

The reservoir would...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 11, 2013 Media contacts: Mexico Sandra Moguel, , +52 (164) 621-02353 USA Sarah Burt, , +1 (415) 217-2055 Serena Ingre, , +1 (415) 875-6155 Groups seek investigation into Mexico’s approval of four “mega...Read more