The Chixoy Dam and its Pueblo Viejo Hydroelectric facility, built by INDE (Instituto Nacional de Electrificación) with financing from the Inter–American Development Bank and the World Bank, is the major source of electrical power for the nation of Guatemala. Chixoy Dam–Affected Communities and the Rio Negro Massacres Designs for this facility were approved, the project financed, and construction begun in 1975 without notifying the local population. Construction began without conducting a comprehensive census of affected peoples, without legal acquisition of all the land supporting the
As the world’s financial leaders gather in Washington for the annual meetings of the World Bank (Sept. 24–25), help for Africa will be high on the agenda. But the Bank’s biggest dam project in Africa, the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP)1 – sold as a way of pulling Lesotho out of poverty while supplying water to South Africa – is, according to the Bank itself, failing those who sacrificed everything for the project. Poverty is increasing in communities directly affected by the scheme’s dams, and project–affected people are resorting to marching in the streets of Lesotho’
The family faced the danger of being swallowed up by the giant Mohale dam of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project.
At long last there seems to be some hope for the Lakabane family which was
left in the middle of the Mohale dam of the Lesotho Highlands Water
Project (LHWP) after the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA)
refused to resettle them elsewhere to make way for the construction of the
According to Mothusi Seqhee, a Community Worker for the Transformation
Resource Centre (TRC), a non–governmental organization that monitors the
social and env
As the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) continues to
compensate communities affected by the giant Lesotho Highlands Water
Project (LHWP) in the Butha–Buthe district, notably in the ‘Muela and
Khukhune areas, some communities similarly affected by the Project in the
Thaba–Tseka and Maseru districts say the multi–billion dollar water scheme
has forgotten about them.
In August 2002, the LHDA paid out compensation of over M400, 000 to the ‘Muela community for their communal assets that were affected by the
Project. The money was paid out to about 300 villages who
As the impoundment of the Mohale reservoir of the giant Lesotho Highlands
Development Project (LHWP) which started on Friday, November 1, 2002 is
regarded as a milestone in the implementation of Phase 1B of the Project,
The future remains uncertain and bleak for some local communities living
around the reservoir.
According to the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) the
impoundment of the Mohale reservoir is being done at the start of the
rainy season in order to capture as much as possible of the season s rainfall.
The future and fate of the people living upstream of
It is the largest water scheme of its kind in the world. It is a brilliant
engineering feat surpassed by none of its kind, and has opened once
inaccessible rugged Lesotho highlands through a series of roads that lead
to its large reservoirs such as the Katse, Mohale, and Muela dams.
It is a multi–billion Dollar project called the Lesotho Highland
Development Project (LHWP) which enjoys the financial support of
multi–national corporations such as the World Bank and others and injects
millions of Maloti into the Lesotho economy by selling water to the
economic powerhouse of the G
Documents Belonging to LHWP Critic
Maseru: Three agents of Lesothos National Security Service
(NSS) have repeatedly harassed Mr. Benedict Leuta in recent months.
is a resident of the Lesotho Highlands who lost land to
constructed Katse Dam. On their first visit to him
on 19 November, the
NSS seized documents from Leutas home in the
village of Ha Nkokana
(Thaba–Tseka District). Leuta had just returned
from a meeting in Cape
Town sponsored by several non–governmental
organisations (NGOs) during
which he presented a paper on the
effects of K
On November 12, 2002, the National Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam approved the construction of the Son La Hydropower Project, requiring the largest resettlement of people in Vietnam’s history. By 2010, 91,000 people or 18,968 households in the three provinces of Son La, Lai Chau and Dien Bien are expected to be resettled. Most of these people will be moved between 50 to 100 kilometers away from their current homes and without access to the Da River (Black River) -- a source of livelihood for most of them.
Dam construction formally started on December 2
Volume 1: Exectutive Summary: Consequential Damages and Reparations: Recommendations for Remedy.
Volume 2: Document Review and Chronology of Relevant Actions and Events.
Volume 3: Consequential Damage Assessment of Chixoy River Basin Communities.
Volume 4 (chapters 1-3):
Social Investigation of the Communities Affected by the Chixoy Dam.
Chapters 1-3: Backround | Methodology | Results
Chapter 4: Community of Agua Blanca
Chapter 5: Community of La Campana
Chapter 6: Chicruz Village
Chapter 7: Colony el Naranjo
Chapter 8: Resettlement of Pacux
Chapter 9: Panquix Village
Protecting rivers and defending the rights of the communities that depend on them.
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