The Brazilian government has announced it will stop building mega-dams in the Amazon, according to reports in the Brazilian newspaper O Globo and in an article published today in Mongabay.
Kate Horner, Executive Director of International Rivers, said, “If confirmed, this announcement is a major victory for indigenous peoples, activists and river communities in Brazil. The Brazilian government’s announcement validates what scientists, indigenous activists and economists have long known: that these costly, corrupt hydropower projects are destroying lives, livelihoods and the vibrant ecosystem of the Amazon, the lungs of the planet. Brazil can meet its energy needs without mega-dams, and now it will finally get the chance. It’s imperative that Brazil protects its rivers and vast biodiversity, which are increasingly fragile in an era of climate change.”
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