The history of hydrodams in the Amazon is riddled with corruption, human rights abuse and destruction.
One hydrodam was built on the site the Munduruku believe their good spirits go when they die - their heaven. Seven waterfalls on the Teles Pires River were blown up and replaced by a hydrodam that was then given the same name.
As you can imagine, the destruction of a sacred site in order to construct a hydrodam is devastating for the Munduruku, just like it would be for many of us if Cape Reinga was destroyed.
This type of careless disregard for indigenous groups is also clear when we look at the effects of the Belo Monte hydrodam on the Xingu River, a dam of similar size that’s close to the SLT hyrdodam planned for the Tapajós River.
As a result of the Belo Monte dam, tens of thousa... Read more >