Dams (146 of them) threaten Amazon

The press reports that five countries—Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru—are planning at least 146 big dams for the Amazon Basin. Some will flood pristine rainforests, others threaten Indigenous people, and all would change the Amazonian ecosystem.

A website, Dams in Amazonia, outlines the sites and the impacts of these dams with an interactive map. Developed by US NGO International Rivers and Argentine NGO Fundacion PROTEGER, with funding by ECOA from Brazil, the website uses information from official documents to display dams in Google Maps.

Some of the dams have led to protests and blockades from Indigenous groups, including the Belo Monte dam which will 500 square kilometers of pristine rainforest, relocate 12,000 people, and, negatively impact 45,000 indigenous people who depend on the river.

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