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Hydroelectric Projects in Panama: “Promised Development But Created Disaster”

Written by Silvia Viñas On 16 January 2014 @ 17:12 pm | 2 Comments

In Economics & Business, English, Environment, Human Rights, Indigenous, Latin America, Panama, Quick Reads

Although dam developers and governments insist that local communities benefit from these projects, the reality on the ground in Panama suggests the opposite: communities are plunged further into poverty, environments are destroyed and irreparable harm is caused. As one witness who is living in the wake of the Chan 75 project said: “The government and the company [AES, a US-based energy global company] promised development but instead they have created a disaster.”

In Intercontinental Cry [1], Jennifer Kennedy writes about the effect of hydroelectric dam projects on Panamanian Indigenous communities. She concludes:

Both the human and environmental cost of large dam development is undeniable. And communities will continue to defend their livelihoods, environments and resources, staunchly resisting destructive dam development projects.

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[1] Intercontinental Cry: http://intercontinentalcry.org/panamas-indigenous-communities-paying-price-hydro/

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