Large infrastructure works in the state of Pará generate a series of social and environmental problems for the territories, from those already completed, to those yet to be carried out
Leaders and activists from the Movement of Those Affected by Dams (MAB), an iCS grantee, met in Belém to analyze the reality of the territories affected by climate change in the state of Pará. At the same time, they formulated the agenda of demands by the Movement for the next activities. Riverside people, farmers, fishermen, urban workers, black people, indigenous people and LGBT people were present from the regions of Tapajós, Xingu, Araguaia-Tocantins, Baixo Tocantins and the metropolitan area of Belém.
The reports showed the clear impacts of large-scale projects in the territories, such as the already constructed Belo Monte and Tucuruí hydroelectric plants and highways such as the Transamazônica and BR 163. There were concerns about new threats coming from recent projects, such as the Tapajós hydroelectric plant, the Araguaia-Tocantins waterway, the Ferrogrão and Paraense railroads, and mining plants, such as Belo Sun. Read more here.
The meeting brought together leaders from various territories in the state. Photo: Jordana Ayres