One of the largest rivers of the Amazon rainforest, the Tapajós, is under threat. The Brazilian government, is planning to build a huge dam that would destroy this beautiful place and its unique biodiversity. We can still stop this environmental disaster. Take action now to stop the dam.
The Tapajós River basin is a sanctuary of biodiversity in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. There are birds, fish and mammals found only in the Tapajós. And others, like the pink dolphin or the jaguar, that need to roam freely in order to survive. A dam will wash away this paradise. Join us in the movement to keep the Tapajós alive.
International corporations and the Brazilian government are working together to build this mega-dam that would destroy the Tapajós. They represent powerful interests. That's why we need millions of people in Brazil and around the world, raising their voices to stop them. Join us in the fight against corporate power. Let’s keep the Tapajós alive.
The Munduruku indigenous people have been the guardians of the Amazon forest and the Tapajós River for generations. They understand the importance of preserving the nature not only for them, but also for us all. If this dam moves forward, part of their traditional lands will be destroyed. There is no time to waste. Stand with the Munduruku to keep the Tapajós alive.
One of the last free–flowing rivers in the Amazon, the Tapajós is the latest target of the Brazilian federal government for the installation of hydroelectric power plants—in addition to waterways and ports. At least 40 dams are being built or planned for the Amazon basin. Five of them are a priority for the government, including São Luiz do Tapajós, slated to be the largest of them all. The social and environmental impacts of the dams are well known by the populations and the regions affected and are repeated with each new project. Amongst the observed impacts we can count deforestation, a reduction in biodiversity, forced displacement of traditional communities, swelling populations without planning, drug trafficking, prostitution. Other negative consequences include a jump in deforestation, with the illegal opening of roads and invasion of indigenous lands by miners, hunters and loggers. Conclusion: this so-called “progress” – the main “product” pedaled to local populations to convince them of the “benefits” of the plants—was not seen for any hydroelectric power plant project in the Amazon.
Starting in Mato Grosso State, the Tapajós River winds through western Pará State for 800 km until it empties into the Amazon River, governing the lives of thousands of indigenous peoples and riverside dwellers and dictating the rhythm of the residents of the cities that it bathes, like Itaituba and Santarém. The river and its annual regimen of flooding and drought is the main source of life in these communities and the home to an inestimable amount of plant and animal biodiversity, minimally protected by a mosaic of 10 conservation units and 19 indigenous lands (of which only four have been officially sanctioned). It is not by chance that the Tapajós is a priority area for the Ministry of the Environment (MMA) for the conservation of the Amazon biome.
São Luiz do Tapajós dam will be built in the heart of the Amazon, in a region with immense biodiversity and of extreme importance to the conservation of the biome. The government plans include the installation of not just one, but at least 40 dams throughout the Tapajós basin. It is essential that we question the manner in which these decisions are being made, without the due participation of society, and the path Brazil’s energy mix is taking, toward one that is increasingly dependent on water. The Tapajós is not just a river. It is a source of environmental and cultural heritage for all Brazilians. A paradise that is under threat and needs help. We may have the power to make a difference. Let’s change the course of history by saving the Amazon and by keeping the Tapajós river alive.
Greenpeace is opposed to the construction of large hydropower plants in fragile biomes like the Amazon, due to their irreversible impact on biodiversity and the way of life of the people who live there. We defend that instead of concentrating on expanding the generation of electrical energy using hydroelectric power, Brazil’s enormous potential lies in renewable clean alternatives, such as wind, solar and biomass energy, which should be explored further.
Brazilian government has plans to build more 43 dams in the Tapajós river basin. Crucial to these projects are international companies that provide key elements of the dams, such as the highly technological turbines, that convert the force of water into electricity. Other important market elements are the insurance and reinsurance companies, instrumental to guarantee the huge investments needed to develop such projects. After all, corporate greed is a key element in the destruction of Amazon.
You can use the power of your voice and acts to keep the Tapajós river alive by standing up for this fragile and unique ecosystem, and protecting it before it’s lost. By opposing the building of São Luiz do Tapajós dam and demanding investments to be focused on clean renewable sources of energy, such as solar and wind, we can change the course of destruction of the whole Amazon rainforest.