New Dams Planned for Heart of Amazon

The Rio Times

By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter

Rio Madeira, Rondônia, Amazon, Brazil News

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Brazilian government is planning to build at least 23 new hydroelectric dams in the country’s Amazon region, of which seven are set to be installed in the heart of the region, in previously untouched areas of one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world, O Globo newspaper reports. After the long-running dispute over the Belo Monte dam, environment activists have expressed incredulity at the plans.The government has already built one large dam at Santo Antônio on the Madeira River (pictured), the Amazon’s biggest tributary, and an even bigger one is under construction at Jirau,