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Four Amazonian tribes have issued a joint statement asking Brazil to halt its projects to build environmentally damaging hydroelectric dams in their territory.

In late April, four Amazonian tribes – the Munduruku, Apiakà, Kayabi and Rikbaktsa – released a joint statement to oppose the construction of new hydroelectric dams on the Teles Pires, a tributary of the Tapajós. These dams represent just the start of an ever-increasing development of the region’s hydro-potential (more than 250 dams are planned in the Amazon), as Brazil is intensifying its efforts to provide low-carbon energy for its population, stating this is a necessary step for the country’s development and for the achievement of the pledged greenhouse gas emissions cuts.

The indigenous maintain that the Brazilian government is building dams “without completing environmental studies”, and “without seeking to understand the consequences of the destruction of nature” in their lives; in particular, the Amazon tribes declare the work at the main area of concern – the São Manoel dam – a threat to water quality and fish stocks, and accuse the government of not having consulted them nor having sought to find alternative solutions.

For the same reasons, many appeals have already been launched in the past, accusing the dams of being a cause of disruption of water systems, and several lower courts have found in favour of the tribes and their supporters; however, the hold-ups are usually just temporary.

The WWF has already urged greater environmental care and consultation with local communities, and many environmentalists are pointing their fingers at the Brazilian government. For instance, Brent Millikan of International Rivers accused Brazil of always using the excuse of a ‘threat to national security’ to carry on hasty, inadequate and insufficient environmental impact assessments.



The gLAWcal Team

LIBEAC project

Friday, 1 May 2015

(Source: Guardian)


This news has been realized by gLAWcal—Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development in collaboration with the University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy and the University of Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy which are both beneficiaries of the European Union Research Executive Agency IRSES Project “Liberalism in Between Europe And China” (LIBEAC) coordinated by Aix-Marseille University (CEPERC). This work has been realized in the framework of Workpackages 4, coordinated by University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy.