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Title: The Cotingo Dam as a test of Brazil's system for evaluating proposed developments in Amazonia
Authors: Fearnside, Philip Martin
Barbosa, Reinaldo Imbrozio
Keywords: Brasil
Decision Making
Environmental Impact Assessment
Environmental Management
Decision Making
Economic And Social Effects
Hydroelectric Power
Laws And Legislation
Project Management
Development Projects
Hydroelectric Dams
Indigenous Peoples
Political Factors
Environmental Impact
Dam Construction
Decision Making
Developing Country
Development Planning
Environmental Assessment
Environmental Impact
Hydropower Project
Planning Practice
Political Context
Social Impact
Brazil, Roraima State, Cotingo Dam
Issue Date: 1996
metadata.dc.publisher.journal: Environmental Management
metadata.dc.relation.ispartof: Volume 20, Número 5, Pags. 631-648
Abstract: The proposed Cotingo Dam in Brazil's far northern state of Roraima is examined with the objective of drawing lessons for Brazil's system of evaluating environmental, social, and financial consequences of development decisions. The Cotingo Dam illustrates the difficulty of translating into practice the principles of economic and environmental assessment. Examination of the financial arguments for the Cotingo Dam indicates that justifications in this sphere are insufficient to explain why the project is favored over other alternatives and points to political factors as the best explanation of the project's high priority. Strong pressure from political and entrepreneurial interest groups almost invariably dominates decision making in Amazonia. The analysis indicates the inherent tendency of the present system to produce decisions in favor of large construction projects at the expense of the environment and local peoples. The requirements intended to assure proper weight for these concerns, such as the report on environmental impacts (RIMA) and the public hearing, fail to serve this role. Cotingo also provides a test case for constitutional protections restricting construction of dams in indigenous lands.
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 10.1007/BF01204136
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