Brazil’s giant dams risk destroying heart of the Amazon, says Greenpeace

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Munduruku indigenous people and other communities from the Tapajós river region, whose land is at risk from planned hydroelectric projects.
Munduruku indigenous people and other communities from the Tapajós river region, whose land is at risk from planned hydroelectric projects. Photograph: Gabriel Bicho/Greenpeace

by John Vidal

Construction of 40 major dams in the Brazilian Amazon would destroy the heart of the world’s largest rainforest, severely affect indigenous people and is not economically justifiable, says Greenpeace in a major new report.

The five large dams and 35 others planned for the Tapajós river and its tributaries south of Santarém have been promoted by the government and global engineering and energy companies as a solution to Brazil’s recession and severe electricity shortages.

The projects form part of Brazil’s plans to install 25GW of new hydropower capacity by 2024 and create a massive industrial waterway to allow soya and other…

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