Nature, Vol. 546, p. 363–369, June 2017 DOI:10.1038/nature22333
14 Pages Posted: 19 Jun 2017
Date Written: June 15, 2017
More than a hundred hydropower dams have already been built in the Amazon basin and numerous proposals for further dam constructions are under consideration. The accumulated negative environmental effects of existing dams and proposed dams, if constructed, will trigger massive hydrophysical and biotic disturbances that will affect the Amazon basin’s floodplains, estuary and sediment plume. We introduce a Dam Environmental Vulnerability Index to quantify the current and potential impacts of dams in the basin. The scale of foreseeable environmental degradation indicates the need for collective action among nations and states to avoid cumulative, far-reaching impacts. We suggest institutional innovations to assess and avoid the likely impoverishment of Amazon rivers.
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Latrubesse, Edgardo M. and Arima, Eugenio Y. and Dunne, Thomas and Park, Edward and Baker, Victor R. and d’Horta, Fernando M. and Wight, Charles and Wittmann, Florian and Zuanon, Jansen and Baker, Paul A. and Ribas, Camila C. and Norgaard, Richard B. and Filizola, Naziano and Ansar, Atif and Flyvbjerg, Bent and Stevaux, Jose C., Damming the Rivers of the Amazon Basin (June 15, 2017). Nature, Vol. 546, p. 363–369, June 2017 DOI:10.1038/nature22333. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2986927