Photos: Building a Dam in the Heart of the Amazon

Images of a proposed mega-dam complex in the heart of the Amazon

by Nicole Sands

April 21, 2016

The Tapajós River basin is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world and home to thousands of traditional forest communities. Thousands of these people would be displaced or fundamentally affected by a proposed mega-dam complex .

Forest next to the Tapajós river, in Sawré Muybu Indigenous Land, home to the Munduruku people, Pará state, Brazil.

Forest next to the Tapajós river, in Sawré Muybu Indigenous Land, home to the Munduruku people, Pará state, Brazil.

Achiote (Bixa orellana), fruit known for the red paint it provides, near the Tapajós river, next to Sawré Muybu Indigenous Land, home to the Munduruku people, Pará state, Brazil.

Achiote (Bixa orellana), fruit known for the red paint it provides, near the Tapajós river, next to Sawré Muybu Indigenous Land, home to the Munduruku people, Pará state, Brazil.

Munduruku child with achiote (Bixa orellana) painting in Sawré Muybu Indigenous Land, home to the Munduruku people, Pará state, Brazil.

Munduruku child with achiote (Bixa orellana) painting in Sawré Muybu Indigenous Land, home to the Munduruku people, Pará state, Brazil.

Manioc (cassava) flour production in Sawré Muybu Indigenous Land, home to the Munduruku people, Pará state, Brazil.

Manioc (cassava) flour production in Sawré Muybu Indigenous Land, home to the Munduruku people, Pará state, Brazil.

Tapajós river, next to Sawré Muybu Indigenous Land, home to the Munduruku people, Pará state, Brazil.

Tapajós river, next to Sawré Muybu Indigenous Land, home to the Munduruku people, Pará state, Brazil.

Construction of Belo Monte Dam, on the Xingu river, Belo Monte Site.

Construction of Belo Monte Dam, on the Xingu river, Belo Monte Site.

Aerial view of the Belo Monte Dam construction site.

Aerial view of the Belo Monte Dam construction site.

This aerial image exposes the massive construction and considerable environmental destruction.

This aerial image exposes the massive construction and considerable environmental destruction.

Housing development for workers under construction outside of Santarém, Brazil.

Housing development for workers under construction outside of Santarém, Brazil.

Read more here: Damning The Amazon – The Risky Business Of Hydropower In The Amazon

Nicole Sands

By Nicole Sands

Nicole Sands is the Digital Platforms Manager for Greenpeace USA. She believes that organizational values should be reflected in everything Greenpeace does, including our technology.

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