The Belo Monte Dam on the Xingu River, which stems from the Amazon, would divert the flow of the river and devastate an extensive area of the Brazilian rainforest, displacing over 20,000 people and threatening the survival of indigenous peoples.
The Amazon Basin, home to 60% of the planet’s remaining tropical rainforests, is being targeted for large dam projects. A series of large-scale hydroelectric dams and industrial waterways, associated with mining, logging and agribusiness schemes, threaten to transform the Amazon into a center for extraction of raw materials for export. If built, these projects would dramatically affect the Amazon’s fragile web of aquatic and terrestrial life, as well as displacing tens of thousands of indigenous and river bank communities.
International Rivers works with threatened communities, indigenous peoples, social movements, NGOs, independent researchers and other partners to fight destructive dams planned for the Amazon, while promoting dialogue and policy reform for alternative strategies to meet energy needs in the region.
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