Chilean Patagonia: a Way of Life Under Threat by Dams

Last year, activists gathered at El Manzano on the Río Baker in Patagonia, Chile to celebrate the International Day of Action Against Dams and For Rivers. Photo source: ©© International rivers


The Aysén region of Chilean Patagonia is threatened by a plan to build five dams on the Baker and the Pascua rivers, two of the wildest in the world.

The Rapid Assessment Visual Expedition (Rave), an initiative of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP), was set up to address the challenges of modern conservation, and it visited the area in February last year, to assess what impact the dams would have on the surrounding area and its way of life…

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A hydroelectric dam in Chile. The government has approved a project to build five dams on two of Patagonia’s rivers. Photograph: EPA