Concerns about Hydro projects in the Mazaruni District

LETTER AND INFO FROM ANNE HAREWOOD:
Hi Cyril,

You might have seen the press coming out of Guyana today that the government is going ahead, with the help of Brazil. with a US$45M study for the development of hydro power in the Upper and Middle Mazaruni Regions in Essequibo.
e.g. see Alva Solomon’s story in Demerara Waves:

US$45M to study Mazaruni hydropower potential

The government officials went to a few Amerindian settlements over the last week and told them that two schemes will be developed – one in the Upper Mazaruni and another in the Middle Mazaruni, and that their villages and land will not be flooded as the new technology reduces the size of reservoirs by 90%. Apparently they feel that that was enough ‘consultation’ necessary to satisfy international requirements of ‘free, prior and informed consent’.

There are very few reports available in the public domain. Survival International had done some research around the Amaila Falls Hydro and had looked at all information gleaned about possible Mazaruni Potaro hydro that may affect the Akawaio, Patamona and Arecuna people.

http://assets.survivalinternational.org/documents/1113/book-fpic-oct-2.pdf  (see FOREWORD and PDF link to this report below)

I don’t know if there are any lawyers, environmentalists or hydro-power engineers in the Diaspora who may want to weigh in and give the residents and all citizens of Guyana some advice.

Regards,

 Anne Harewood

FOREWORD: Concerns about Hydro projects in the Mazaruni by Survival International

DUG OUT, DRIED OUT OR FLOODED OUT?
HYDRO POWER AND MINING THREATS TO THE
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OF THE UPPER MAZARUNI
DISTRICT, GUYANA
FPIC: Free, Prior, Informed Consent?

By Audrey Butt Colson for Survival International

Complete Report: Book–concerns re Hydro projects in the Mazaruni District

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