The Madeira River Complex

The Madeira River Complex - an enormous mega-project including the construction of four hydroelectric dams, extensive river dredging and opening of channels - threatens the ecological stability of the entire Madeira River and the livelihood of local communities. More

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"We Will Fight to the End"

Amazon tribe would rather die than see their land destroyed by a new dam

May 26, 2015Al Jazeera America

Environmental activists hope that São Luiz do Tapajós will not follow the same course as the Belo Monte, the Xingu River dam that is now nearly complete. Some tribal leaders opposed to that dam were bought off by the government, according to Maíra Irigaray, the Brazil coordinator of the group Amazon Watch. She fears similar tactics will be used here. "Leaders were paid off with boats, cars, cash and bodyguards," she said. "If the leaders took the money, the government won. If the leaders didn’t take the money, [contractors and others involved in dam construction] would spread lies and still manage to break their trust with the community."

Amazonian Tribes Unite to Demand Brazil Stop Hydroelectric Dams

Amazonian Tribes Unite to Demand Brazil Stop Hydroelectric Dams

The Munduruku, Apiaká, Kayabi and Rikbaktsa release joint statement as Brazil steps ups efforts to exploit power of the rivers

April 30, 2015The Guardian

Four Amazonian tribes have joined forces to oppose the construction of hydroelectric dams in their territory as the Brazilian government ramps up efforts to exploit the power of rivers in the world's biggest forest.

In General Assembly, the Munduruku People Reaffirm Their Right to Be Consulted about Dams

In General Assembly, the Munduruku People Reaffirm Their Right to Be Consulted about Dams

April 9, 2015Ministério Público Federal Pará

Last week, the Munduruku people gathered more than 600 people in their General Assembly to discuss questions related to health, education, and the hydroelectric projects that the Brazilian federal government seeks to build on lands inhabited by more than 10,000 indigenous people.

Deforestation in the Amazon Aggravates Brazil’s Energy Crisis

April 6, 2015IPS

In Brazil water and electricity go together, and two years of scant rainfall have left tens of millions of people on the verge of water and power rationing, boosting arguments for the need to fight deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.

Deepening Drought Forces Brazil to Embrace Solar Power

Deepening Drought Forces Brazil to Embrace Solar Power

Without water to feed its hydroelectric dams, drought-hit Brazil is turning to solar power - dubbed "a fantasy" by the country's president just a few years ago. Now thousands of megawatts of floating solar panel "islands" are to be installed on dam reservoirs.

April 6, 2015The Ecologist

Brazil's devastating drought could have the unexpected consequence of finally prompting one of the sunniest countries in the world to take solar power seriously.

Nobody Listened to Them: Fishing Communities to be Displaced by Dams Want a Say in Their Future

Nobody Listened to Them: Fishing Communities to be Displaced by Dams Want a Say in Their Future

March 30, 2015Agência Pública

With little or no help from the state, this is not the first time that the Tapajós ribeirinhos have faced a threat to their land and their way of life from projects coming from Brasília.

Brazil's Deforestation Rates Are on the Rise Again

March 22, 2015Newsweek

"There is basically a climate of impunity," says Christian Poirer of Amazon Watch. "Only one percent of the fines that IBAMA levels on individuals and corporations for illegal deforestation are actually collected." This agency, which is responsible for implementing Brazil's environmental laws, is, he says, "woefully underfunded and understaffed."

"Rivers Teach Us to Ignore Borders and Continue the Struggle"

"Rivers Teach Us to Ignore Borders and Continue the Struggle"

Declaration of the Xingu Alive Forever Movement

April 16, 2014Xingu Vivo

Belo Monte has not killed the resistance. Its cement has not blinded all people’s eyes, nor has its money bought all consciences. Its repression has not deadened courage or silenced mouths; its lies have not deafened all ears.

Belo Monte Under Renewed Legal Attack

Belo Monte Under Renewed Legal Attack

Brazilian high court demands new environmental study, threatening to paralyze mega-dam

April 1, 2014Xingu Vivo

Judge José Batista heavily criticized Belo Monte, affirming, "The only concern [in this project] was economic, with a small amount of environmental [concern] and no social concern, especially in regards to indigenous peoples."

Are Brazil's Dams to Blame for Record Floods in Bolivia?

Are Brazil's Dams to Blame for Record Floods in Bolivia?

March 31, 2014NACLA

In recent months, Bolivia's Amazonian region has experienced the most disastrous flooding of the past 100 years. In the past weeks, attention has focused on the role played by two recently-inaugurated Brazilian mega-dams – the Jirau and the San Antonio – in Bolivia's floods.

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