Large Dams and Forced Displacement

In 2000, the World Commission on Dams presented its final report. Despite having the participation of governments, organizations for affected peoples, and hundreds of experts, the Commission acknowledged its inability to specify the number of displaced persons but ended up estimating that between 40 and 80 million people had been evicted from their homes and lands. In other words, no one even remotely knows the exact number.

This human suffering has gone unseen, silenced by the consensus that has too often justified destructive water policies in the name of progress. In many cases, the population was not even consulted. Their losses have rarely been compensated. Resettlement camps have extremely poor living conditions (overcrowding, lack of potable water, electricity, human services…), the soils are poor and fishing has disappeared. The resulting social and cultural impacts increase these communities’ vulnerability, especially in the case of indigenous communities. This situation generates extreme poverty, hunger and poor sanitation for affected peoples.

Tree Gorges dam · China

MONSTER DAM, MONSTER PROBLEMS The Three Gorges Dam is the world’s ultimate pharaonic mega project. The project sets records for the number of people displaced; at least 1.3 million, number of cities and towns flooded; 13 cities, 140 towns, 1,350 … Sigue leyendo

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Sardar Sarovar Dam · India

SAVE THE NARMADA The Narmada River, one of the most important rivers in India, is being seriously harmed by the construction of dozens of dams. The most notorious of these dam projects, Sardar Sarovar, is flooding tens of thousands of … Sigue leyendo

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Kariba Dam · Zambia-Zimbabwe

NO MONEY, NO POWER British colonial authorities evicted more than 57,000 Gwembe Tonga people in the 1950s to make way for the Kariba Reservoir, one of the world’s largest. Eight villagers were shot and at least 32 wounded by police … Sigue leyendo

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Yacyretà Dam · Paraguay – Argentina

FAREWELL TO PARADISE The hydroelectric dam Yacyretá, on the Paraná River, with its 5 km wall and 65 km of dikes, has meant the flooding of 500 square kilometers and the forced displacement of more than 40,000 people. The vast … Sigue leyendo

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La Parota · Mexico

“THE EARTH IS NOT FOR SALE” In January 2010, the Mexican press reported that, due to financial problems, the La Parota Dam project promoted by the Federal Commission of Electricity (CFE) was being cancelled. The CFE came to the area … Sigue leyendo

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Traveston Dam project · Australia

“WHEN BEING POSITIVE MEANS – SAYING NO” In light of the region’s worst drought in 100 years and the resulting severe water restrictions, the Traveston Dam was proposed in 2006 to transfer water to Brisbane, the state capital and Australia’s … Sigue leyendo

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