FEARS OF 'BIOLOGICAL DEATH' FOR MAIN SOURCE OF RIVER AMAZON

Peru's government is planning to build more than 20 hydroelectric dams on the main trunk of the River Maranon - the main source of the River Amazon - leading to fears this will cause its 'biological death' and terminate it as a functioning river. Other potential impacts include displacing 1,000s of people, flooding huge areas of agriculturally-productive land, destroying forever a unique area rich in biodiversity and endemic species, destroying fish migrations, destroying an embryonic tourist industry, and flooding numerous pre-Hispanic archaeological ruins. Easily the most contentious of the proposed dams is Chadín 2, in the middle Maranon valley, which would involve displacing over 1,000 people and has met with fierce local opposition. Odebrecht, from Brazil, is the company intending to build it. For more details see my article published by Mongabay today and future articles to be published by Mongabay and The Guardian. (28-04-2015)

David Hill