Belo Monte and beyond: the increasing impact of dams in the Amazon

The Belo Monte Dam is now complete, with irreparable loss of livelihood to the local residents, species and environment, and, to make matters worse, the minimum conditions required for its operation are not yet fulfilled. Sanitation was a prerequisite forĀ the dam being approved by IBAMA, Brazil's Environmental Agency, but approval was nevertheless granted, and the fulfilment of this conditionĀ in the city of Altamira (a population of 100,000 that has doubled since the construction works started in 2011) has been extended to September 2016. On 8th March, the MPF (Federal Prosecutor) of the state of [...]