Peru Planning to Dam Amazon’s Main Source and Displace 1000s

People of Amazon… Photo source: ©© Neil Palmer/CIAT/CIFOR.


Peru is proposing to build more than 20 dams on the main trunk of the currently free-flowing River Maranon, which births in the Andes and is the River Amazon’s main source.

According to Peruvian engineer Jose Serra Vega, just four of these dams could cause the Maranon’s “biological death”, while US environmental anthropologist Paul Little believes it could contribute to the “eco-system collapse” of the Amazon basin as a whole…

Read Full Article, Guardian UK

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