Story Publication logo July 2, 2019

A Life Against Dams (Spanish)


An Indigenous Rikbaktsa woman cleaning on the banks of the Arinos River, north of Mato Grosso. Although the project of the Castanheira plant ensures that the various Indigenous lands, including the Apiaka, Rikibaktsa, Kaiabi, Munduruku and Tapajuna, would not be affected by the flood, the hydrographic alteration would leave the entire village deprived of resources it depends on so much for their subsistence food and for their sacred rituals.

A series of reports on the threats and resistance activities linked to the defence of the last river...

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A boat sails over the Arinos River. Image by Pablo Albarenga. Brazil, 2018.
A boat sails over the Arinos River. Image by Pablo Albarenga. Brazil, 2018.

Cuiabá, Brasil—"My life is defending this place," shares Eduardo Morimã, of the apika Indigenous group, and who lives in Juara, which is in the north of the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso. Situated in the heart of the country, this area is in one of the eyes of the storm of deforestation in the Amazon due to intensive cattle ranching and soy, corn, and cotton monocultures that make up part of the agricultural belt in the region. Beyond the impact on the flora and fauna of this watershed, and much like the displacement of populations, the construction of a project of hundreds of hydroelectric dams would worsen deforestation indicators in the region.

Read the full story in Spanish on the El Pais website