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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 »

"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, 2014 | Xingu Vivo | Blog Post

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.More »

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, 2014 | Xingu Vivo | Blog Post

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."More »

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

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

March 31, 2014 | NACLA

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.More »

From Floods to Drought, Brazil's Energy Sector Faces a Catastrophic Year

From Floods to Drought, Brazil's Energy Sector Faces a Catastrophic Year

March 13, 2014 | Blog Post

Einstein once said, "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." It is evident that the Brazilian government dismisses such wisdom.More »

Fiddling While the Amazon Burns

Keeping the world's biggest forest standing depends on greens, Amerindians and enlightened farmers working together – if lawmakers let them

December 3, 2011 | The Economist

Jaci-Paraná, Brazil – Drive out of Porto Velho, and you see the trouble the world's largest forest is in. Lorry after lorry trundles by laden with logs; charred tree-stumps show where ranchers burned what the loggers left behind; a few cattle roam sparsely through the scrubby fields. In places the acid subsoil shows through, sandy and bone-pale.More »

<em>Cachuela Esperanza:</em> Hope or Havoc on the Rio Madera?

Cachuela Esperanza: Hope or Havoc on the Rio Madera?

August 1, 2011 | Blog Post

Though the name "Cachuela Esperanza" may include the word "hope" translated, this proposed megaproject will most likely mean disaster for the natural environment and indigenous population living near the Madera River Basin.More »

The Freest People

The Freest People

Protecting the Last Indigenous Groups in Voluntary Isolation

April 6, 2011 | Blog Post

"Hidden tribes of the Amazon", "free peoples", "uncontacted tribes", "indigenous peoples in voluntary isolation." While society is quick to cast labels, in most cases their true name is known only amongst members of their group.More »

Chaos on the Madeira: The Trouble with Dams in the Amazon

Chaos on the Madeira: The Trouble with Dams in the Amazon

March 25, 2011 | Blog Post

The Madeira River: Life Before the Dams is a beautiful example of the power of film to capture natural beauty and human emotion, mostly through the play and laughter of children.More »

GDF Suez and the destruction of Brazil's Madeira River

GDF Suez and the destruction of Brazil's Madeira River

January 14, 2010 | Video

The Madeira River in the Brazilian Amazon is under threat due to the construction of the Jirau dam by the French multinational corporation GDF Suez.More »

The Madeira River Complex, Brazil and Bolivia

The Madeira River Complex, Brazil and Bolivia

July 2009 | Photo Gallery

Photos from an Amazon Watch trip through the Madeira River basin to bring back stories of anguish and hope in the fight to stop the construction of two mega-hydroelectric dams on the Amazon's principal tributary.More »

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