Dams and Climate ChangeThe World Bank Energy Strategy incorrectly argues that hydropower is an appropriate response to climate change. The report argues that hydropower with storage can help cope with climate variability and change through flood and drought management (paragraph 113). However, as noted in paragraph 117, hydrological flow is itself affected by climate change-induced variability. Reduced hydrological flow will render big-dam storage a less reliable source of water and energy, and could perversely reduce the ability of river-based communities to adapt to climate change.
Un Enfoque Voluntario No Resolverá los Conflictos de las Represas. La Asociación Internacional de Hidroelectricidad, un grupo de cabildeo de la industria de las represas, publicó recientemente el borrador final recomendado del Protocolo de Evaluación de la Sostenibilidad de la Electricidad (El Protocolo de la IHA) . Los autores llaman al nuevo Protocolo un "marco de evaluación de la sostenibilidad" que tiene "el potencial de contribuir significativamente a la promoción de la sostenibilidad en el sector de la hidroelectricidad". Sin embargo, el documento se arriesga a
A Critique of the International Hydropower Association's New Assessment ProtocolOctober 2010 SummaryThe International Hydropower Association, a lobby group of the dam industry, recently published the recommended final draft Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (IHA Protocol). The authors call the new Protocol a "sustainability assessment framework" which has "the potential to make a substantial contribution to advancing sustainability in the hydropower sector". Yet the document risks weakening existing social and environmental standards in the dams sector, and allows the hydropower i
Endorsed at Rivers for Life: The 3rd International Meeting of Dam Affected People and their AlliesTemacapulín, Mexico, 1-7 October 2010Solidarity With Temacapulín, Acasico and Palmarejo We, more than 320 people from 54 countries throughout the world affected by dams, fighters against destructive dams, and activists for ecological and equitable water and energy management, self-determination of peoples, defense of territories, environmental and climate justice, and respect for human rights, have come together in Temacapulín. We have met in a town that is threatened with inundation by the El
We, the indigenous peoples Juruna, Xipaya, Arara of Volta Grande, Kuruaia and Xicrin from the region of Altamira, the Guajajara, Gavião, Krikati, Awa Guajá, Kayapó of Mato Grosso and Pará, the Tembe, Aikeora, Suruí, Xavante, Karintiana, Puruborá, Kassupá, Wajãpi, Karaja, Apurinã, Makuxi, the Nawa of Acre, the Mura of Amazonas, the Tupaiu, Borari, Tapuia, Arapiuns, Pataxó, Tupiniquim, Javaé, Kaingang, Xucuru, Marubu, Maiuruna, Mundukuru of Amazonas and Pará, and the farmers, riverine families, and residents of other states of the Amazon and Brazil, from the city of Itaitub
Deaf, blind and careless A strong repressive apparatus consisting of the Brazilian Armed Forces, shock troops, and military police prevented the protests of around 400 riverine people, small farmers, students and teachers against the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam from reaching President Lula this week, in the city of Altamira, Pará. Federal government representative Geraldo Magela, a collaborator of Minister Luis Dulci, the General Secretary of the Presidency, led the police forces that blocked the protesters’ entrance to the stadium where Lula addressed a small audience. The police targe
Speech by Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva at a rally for the Belo Monte Dam and the “development” of the Xingu Region Altamira – PA, June 22nd, 2010 I, comrades, learned over the course of my life, to do politics and I learned to understand people’s behavior. It’s not possible that we don’t take into consideration… and here, I think it’s important that the press register this democratic act that we’re doing here. Certainly, a half-dozen well-intentioned young people, but certainly with intentions, maybe not thinking of Belo Monte… If they had the patience
Statement of Ashaninka Communities from the Ene River Basin about the Hydroelectric Dam Project in Pakitzapango The Ashaninka communities from the Ene River Basin from the Satipo Province, Junín Region, Peru, met in their XIV Ordinary Congress of the Central Ashaninka del Rio Ene, in the Pamakiari Native Community, annex of Cutivireni (Tambo River district), on May 7 and 8, 2010, to discuss the construction of the Pakitzapango Hydroelectric Plant, express the following. Considering that: Our history is full of constant abuses: we were slaved during the rubber period, stripped from our ter
The Ashaninka communities from the Ene River Basin from the Satipo Province, Junín Region, Peru, met in their XIV Ordinary Congress of the Central Ashaninka del Rio Ene, in the Pamakiari Native Community, annex of Cutivireni (Tambo River district), on May 7 and 8, 2010, to discuss the construction of the Pakitzapango Hydroelectric Plant, express the following. Considering that: Our history is full of constant abuses: we were slaved during the rubber period, stripped from our territories, and submitted to cruel atrocities during the social violence of the 1980s. The Truth Commission account
PRONUNCIAMENTO DAS COMUNIDADES ASHANINKA DA BACIA DO RIO ENE FRENTE AO PROJETO DE REPRESA HIDROELÉTRICA NO TERRITÓRIO PAKITZAPANGO As comunidades Ashaninka da Bacia do Rio Ene da Província de Satipo, Região de Junín, Peru reunidos no seu XIV Congresso Ordinário da Central Ashaninka do Rio Ene, na Comunidade Nativa do Pamakiari, anexo do Cutivereni (distrito do Rio Tambo), nos dias 07 e 08 de maio de 2010, para debater o Projeto da construção da Represa Hidroelétrica Pakitzapango, manifestamos o seguinte: Considerando que: Nossa história está cheia de constantes abusos: fomos
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