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Title: Amazon dams and waterways: Brazil’s Tapajós Basin plans
Authors: Fearnside, Philip Martin
Keywords: Dam Construction
Hydroelectric Power
Legislative Implementation
Planning Legislation
Planning Method
Water Planning
Amazon River
Mato Grosso
Tapajos Basin
Glycine Max
Decision Making
Environmental Protection
Human Rights
Legislation And Jurisprudence
Conservation Of Natural Resources
Decision Making
Human Rights
Issue Date: 2015
metadata.dc.publisher.journal: Ambio
metadata.dc.relation.ispartof: Volume 44, Número 5, Pags. 426-439
Abstract: Brazil plans to build 43 “large” dams (>30 MW) in the Tapajós Basin, ten of which are priorities for completion by 2022. Impacts include flooding indigenous lands and conservation units. The Tapajós River and two tributaries (the Juruena and Teles Pires Rivers) are also the focus of plans for waterways to transport soybeans from Mato Grosso to ports on the Amazon River. Dams would allow barges to pass rapids and waterfalls. The waterway plans require dams in a continuous chain, including the Chacorão Dam that would flood 18 700 ha of the Munduruku Indigenous Land. Protections in Brazil’s constitution and legislation and in international conventions are easily neutralized through application of “security suspensions,” as has already occurred during licensing of several dams currently under construction in the Tapajós Basin. Few are aware of “security suspensions,” resulting in little impetus to change these laws. © 2015, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 10.1007/s13280-015-0642-z
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