BRAZIL SUSPENDS LICENSE FOR AMAZON DAM CONSTRUCTION

05/02/2016

On April 22, the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Resources (IBAMA) suspended the license for the São Luiz do Tapajós dam construction. This would have been the largest in the Tapajós watershed in the Amazon and would have flooded an area the size of New York City, deforested 849 square miles, and displaced indigenous people. The decision followed a report by Brazil’s National Indian Foundation (FUNAI), which highlighted the negative impacts the dam would produce on local communities and recommended the demarcation of the nearby indigenous Munduruku territory. This community has advocated for the demarcation for decades, but dam supporters could still appeal the decision and submit revised plans within 90 days. The Brazilian government could also overrule the decision, as already happened with the Belo Monte dam. Greenpeace recently released a report denouncing the catastrophic effect such a dam would have on this delicate ecosystem and communities that live there. For the full story, see https://news.mongabay.com/2016/04/amazon-mega-dam-suspended-hope-indigenous-people-biodiversity/ and http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-brazil-environment-dam-idUKKCN0XJ2AM.