Tapajós: The Next Big Thing in the fight for the Amazon
According to one report, the Tapajós River valley is, in the whole world, the region with the greatest mineral reserves, almost all of them unexploited.
To get their hands on these reserves, mining companies need two things: a change in the legislation so that they can mine in indigenous lands – something that it is being fast-tracked through Congress thanks to a bill presented in June 2013 (at the same time that a wave of protests about the government’s failure to listen to ordinary people was sweeping through the country); and an abundant supply of cheap energy.
Data published on the website of ANEEL (Agência Nacional de Energia Elétrica/National Agency for Electric Energy), the government body that regulates the energy sector, shows that the government has toyed with the idea of building, on the Tapajós–Teles Pires River basin alone, 44 large or medium-sized hydroelectric power stations and 89 smaller ones – a total of 133 dams.
This is why apart from reporting about the current conflicts, Pública will review the major changes that happened in the past two years as well as document how are local communities organizing themselves to have their voices heard.
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