Note about the article "Brazil announces end to Amazon mega-dam building policy" posted by Mongabay on January 3rd | WWF Brasil

Note about the article "Brazil announces end to Amazon mega-dam building policy" posted by Mongabay on January 3rd



04 Janeiro 2018   |  
O Parque Nacional do Juruena, o quarto maior do País, sofre hoje com a ameaça de hidrelétricas
Some years ago, the Brazilian government had plans to build dams in the Juruena National Park
© WWF-Brasil / Zig Koch
In the last days, the Brazilian newspaper O Globo (RJ) and the Mongabay website have published reports about a "new decision" made by the Brazilian government to abandon the policy of building large hydroelectric dams in the Amazon. WWF-Brazil considers this subject deserves some clarification. Below you can see what we have to say about this topic: 

Brasilia (DF) - WWF-Brazil points out that no official announcement was made by the Brazilian government on changes in public policies regarding the end of the construction of large hydroelectric dams in the Amazon. The report by O Globo quoted in the article on the Mongabay website echoes the privatization of Eletrobrás, with statements commenting on the trend identified over ten years ago for the reduction of the construction of large hydroelectric dams.

According to the Executive Director of WWF-Brasil, Mauricio Voivodic, "the declarations reflect a shortage of public financing for large hydroelectric dams, but not a defined strategy for the sector. They only indicate that the Brazilian government needs to prioritize renewable energy. But this change is still not reflected in the country's policies."

There is no new regulatory framework on this subject. The sector's new pathways need to be discussed with the society, as in the case of small hydroelectric plants (PCHs), which must also meet the appropriate criteria of environmental legislation. WWF-Brazil evaluates that the disposition that the government demonstrates can be positive if it materializes in a real plan with effective actions of transition to clean energies.
O Parque Nacional do Juruena, o quarto maior do País, sofre hoje com a ameaça de hidrelétricas
Some years ago, the Brazilian government had plans to build dams in the Juruena National Park
© WWF-Brasil / Zig Koch Enlarge
Hydropower plants have enormous social and environmental impacts on Amazonian ecosystems
© WWF / Michel ROGGO Enlarge

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