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Belo Monte legacy: Harm From Amazon Dam Didn’t End With Construction

Featured image: A girl stands alone in a flooded home in the Palifitas neighborhood of Invasão dos Padres, Altamira. The neighborhood has now been completely destroyed by the Belo Monte dam. The area where the community once stood is being turned into a public park by the Norte Energia consortium which built and operates Belo … Continue reading Belo Monte legacy: Harm From Amazon Dam Didn’t End With Construction

Brazilian court suspends license for Belo Monte dam

By Glenn Scherer, Mongabay Featured image: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff visits the construction site of the Belo Monte Dam, 2014. Photo by Ichiro Guerra/Sala de Imprensa licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic license The gigantic Belo Monte hydroelectric dam, located on the Xingu River in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon, stood just weeks away … Continue reading Brazilian court suspends license for Belo Monte dam

Brazil’s government charged with ethnocide over Belo Monte Dam

By Sue Branford / Mongabay Featured image courtesy of Wikipedia under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 Brazil’s Federal Public Ministry (MPF) has found the Brazilian federal government and the Norte Energia company guilty of ethnocide for the social and cultural destruction wrought on seven indigenous groups during the Belo Monte dam’s construction. The … Continue reading Brazil’s government charged with ethnocide over Belo Monte Dam

Brazil authorizes operation of Belo Monte Dam

By Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense via Intercontinental Cry Image: Mural in São Paulo, Brazil (Photo: Monica Kaneko/flickr). Some Rights Reserved Altamira, Brazil. The Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) on Tuesday authorized the Belo Monte Dam’s operating license, which allows the dam’s reservoirs to be filled. The authorization was granted despite clear noncompliance with … Continue reading Brazil authorizes operation of Belo Monte Dam

Indigenous-led resistance forces regional court to freeze Belo Monte dam project

By Latin American Herald Tribune Brazil’s first regional federal court suspended the environmental permit for the massive Belo Monte dam project in Amazonia and ordered an immediate halt to construction, Efe learned on Monday. Judge Antonio de Souza Prudente’s ruling came in response to a motion from federal prosecutors. Work on what would be the … Continue reading Indigenous-led resistance forces regional court to freeze Belo Monte dam project

International activists block Ilisu Dam construction site in Turkey

By Amazon Watch Today [May 21, 2013] representatives of dam-affected communities and organizations from South America, the Middle East, Europe, the US and Africa, including Brazilian indigenous leaders accompanied by Amazon Watch, blocked the entrance to the construction site of the Ilisu dam in southeast Turkey demanding an end to controversial development that would sink … Continue reading International activists block Ilisu Dam construction site in Turkey

200 indigenous people take control of key Belo Monte construction site

By Mongabay On Thursday roughly 200 indigenous people launched an occupation of a key construction site for the controversial Belo Monte dam in the Brazilian Amazon. The protestors, who represent communities that will be affected by the massive dam, are demanding immediate suspension of all work on hydroelectric projects on the Xingu, Tapajós and Teles … Continue reading 200 indigenous people take control of key Belo Monte construction site

Belo Monte construction halts after protestors torch buildings at three construction sites

By Agence France-Presse Work on Brazil’s controversial $13 billion Belo Monte mega-dam ground to a halt Monday after protesters torched buildings at three dam construction sites over the weekend, the developer said. Saturday, “a group of 30 people set fire to prefab structures at the Pimental site. They went into the cafeteria, destroyed everything and … Continue reading Belo Monte construction halts after protestors torch buildings at three construction sites

Indigenous people re-occupy Belo Monte construction site

By Jeremy Hance / Mongabay Construction on Brazil’s megadam, Belo Monte, has been halted again as around 150 demonstrators, most of them from nearby indigenous tribes, have occupied the main construction site at Pimental. Over a hundred indigenous people joined local fishermen who had been protesting the dam for 24 days straight. Indigenous people and … Continue reading Indigenous people re-occupy Belo Monte construction site

Supreme Court of Brazil allows developers to continue construction of Belo Monte dam

By Agence France-Presse Brazil’s Supreme Court has approved the resumption of work on the huge Belo Monte dam in the Amazon, which was halted earlier this month after protests from indigenous groups. The preliminary ruling on Monday overturns an earlier ruling that ordered construction of the dam across the Xingu River, a tributary of the … Continue reading Supreme Court of Brazil allows developers to continue construction of Belo Monte dam