Eco-briefs BRAZIL: Joint Assessment of Amazon Hydropower Dams Demanded
RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 6 (Tierramérica).- There is an urgent need for an in-depth analysis of
the impacts of the construction of 30 hydroelectric
dams in the Amazon region given the scale of public
and private investment involved, maintains the
Amazon Investment Observatory of Brazil.
The government claims that the dams are strategic
for economic expansion and increased electricity
production, but their social and environmental
costs have not been effectively measured and
incorporated into the real cost of energy, states
a technical note from the Observatory, run by the
non-governmental Institute for Socioeconomic
Among the numerous potential impacts of the
construction of these dams, one of the most
significant is migratory flow, “which will affect
the infrastructure of cities and increase
deforestation, among other consequences,”
Alessandra Cardoso, the coordinator of the
Observatory, told Tierramérica.
More than 45 billion dollars are to be invested in
hydroelectric dams in the Amazon region by 2014.
*Source: Inter Press Service.
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