BNDES: Banking on Amazon Destruction

Brazil’s national bank has grown dramatically in recent years, with its loans far exceeding that of the World Bank. With this scope of investment and the responsibility attached to spending immense amounts of public funds, BNDES should demonstrate a high level of accountability, safeguards, and transparency. BNDES, however, trails in the industry and its track record falls short. More

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Brazil's Tapajós River Dam Complex: Lessons from the Failures of Belo Monte

Brazil's Tapajós River Dam Complex: Lessons from the Failures of Belo Monte

October 16, 2014Development Progress

Given the growing scrutiny of Brazil's dam-building boom, the Tapajós River is now a key battleground in the global debate on the true costs of our development model and its fate could determine the future of the Amazon region.

Brazil Waffles on Indigenous Rights and Dams in the Amazon

Brazil Waffles on Indigenous Rights and Dams in the Amazon

October 3, 2014

If the Belo Monte disaster set a grim paradigm for human rights and environmental protection in the Amazon, then the manic race to dam the nearby Tapajós River confirms that the Brazilian government will stop at nothing to produce energy at any and all cost.

Brazilians March for Clean Energy Not Mega-Dams

Brazilians March for Clean Energy Not Mega-Dams

October 1, 2014

Last Sunday the world – and likely you, our readers – took notice as powerful actions took place in over 2,000 locations around the world for the People's Climate March. Where I live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 400 people braved pouring rain, marching for hours as we called for clean energy, not mega-dams in the Amazon.

Big Dams Are Not Clean Energy Sources

An open letter signed by 52 NGOs working in Latin America

September 22, 2014

As critical climate negotiations take place this week in New York, Amazon Watch joined a coalition of 52 NGOs working in Latin America to insist that large dams should not be considered a clean energy source, nor an energy solution to climate change.

Belo Monte's Delay Challenges Accountability in the Amazon

Belo Monte's Delay Challenges Accountability in the Amazon

August 24, 2014

"Used to blaming all of the problems and postponements of project developers on [the environmental agency] IBAMA and [indigenous agency] FUNAI, developers tend to hide their own technical incompetence behind alleged delays in environmental licensing."

Large Dams Just Aren't Worth the Cost

Large Dams Just Aren't Worth the Cost

August 22, 2014New York Times

One reason this dynamic has been overlooked is that earlier studies evaluated dams' economic performance by considering whether international lenders like the World Bank recovered their loans – and in most cases, they did. But the economic impact on host countries was often debilitating.

A Lifetime of Injustice: The History of the Belo Monte Dam

A Lifetime of Injustice: The History of the Belo Monte Dam

July 15, 2014International Rivers

The Xingu River Alive Forever Movement, which represents communities affected by the Belo Monte Dam, with support from International Rivers and Amazon Watch, has compiled the most comprehensive history of the destructive dam from its inception to today, in a new, interactive web timeline.

Brazil Loses World Cup, Will It Rise as Clean Energy Champion?

Brazil Loses World Cup, Will It Rise as Clean Energy Champion?

Get the ball rolling on clean energy in Brazil

July 10, 2014

Despite Brazil's devastating loss to Germany in the World Cup semi-final, Brazil still has a chance to be a world champion in clean and renewable energy rather than continuing to rely on destructive and outdated hydroelectric dams like Belo Monte.

Organizations Submit Amicus Curiae Brief to Brazil's Supreme Federal Court, Demonstrating That Congressional Authorization of the Belo Monte Dam Is Illegal

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.

July 2, 2014

Brasilia, Brazil – Civil society organizations submitted to the Supreme Federal Court an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief that demonstrates that the Congressional decree authorizing the controversial dam is illegal because the government didn't consult with the affected communities.

Brazil Suspends Belo Sun's Gold Mine Licence

Brazil Suspends Belo Sun's Gold Mine Licence

June 30, 2014The Globe and Mail

"Belo Sun has already shown they want to do the absolute minimum to receive their license to drill and it's encouraging that the federal courts have shown they are not going to let this slide," said Christian Poirier, an activist with the organization Amazon Watch. "Clarifying that you're going to use this much arsenic or dump that much slag by the Xingu River is not enough. If they say clearly what everyone knows is going to happen, do they get an environmental license in any case?"

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