Amazon Dam Could Hurt Fish, Forests,communities,ecosystem and etc.

by krysisidore on February 23, 2018 - 12:10pm

 

The article from National Geographic entitled “Amazon Dams Keep the Lights On but Could Hurt Fish, Forests” written by Barbara Fraser describes the negative effects of the construction of a hydroelectric dam would have on the Asháninka indigenous community in Amazon and its surrounding environment. The reason for the construction of this dam is mainly for economic purposes only. As quoted by Fraser “[This] construction boom is spurred by an ever-increasing thirst for energy stemming from more than a decade of steady economic growth in Amazon countries.” The author of this article supports her thesis by linking many points to the consequences of the construing of a hydroelectric dam on the Ene river in the Amazon. Points such as cheap affordable construction of dams, devastating environmental effects, decrease in sediments that provide important nutrients to the amazon bio system and of course the negative effect on the indigenous community of amazon’s territory and economy to the consequences of the construing of a hydroelectric dam. A defensive tactic the Asháninka indigenous community developed is to map out the boundaries of their land and unit other indigenous community fighting the same battle as them in hope to stopping the building of São Luiz do Tapajós dam.

From my point of view, the corporations the support and fund these type of dam projects should take a moment to step back and view things from other than a greed for money type of perspective. They should know that the amazon is one of the world’s most flourishing ecosystem. That it is the habitat to many species of animals and plants. Corporations shouldn’t be able to disrupt ecosystems for financial benefits. Fish populations will diminish, animals will be chased out of their habitat, the forest will begin to perish, community living of the river and ecosystem will see their live disrupted and their economy (if they were making a living off the prosper ecosystem, forest, river etc.) be dismantled. For example, just by the installment of the São Luiz do Tapajós dam, it will block an important flow of sediments. These fine grain of silts are what give the ecosystems of Amazon and its rivers a healthy look and proper nutrients. Companies and corporations must be put aware of the consequence the construction of a dam can have. There should laws within these countries. Legal policies and measure that can be installed to counterattack these type of projects. These corporations can come up with more beneficial ways to make the money they desire and also respect the ecosystem and communities living of that ecosystem.  Thus is my opinion. 

Fraser, B. (2015). Amazon Dam Keeps the Lights But Could Hurt Fish, Forest. National Geographic.

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/04/150419-amazon-dams-hydroelec...

Comments

I enjoyed reading your article summary because it was well presented and clear. I also agree with you when it comes to corporations taking a step back and looking at the bigger picture of what is actually happening in the world. The Amazon rain forest is a very important ecosystem in which has many living organisms that depend on it. Every day, a part of this forest is getting smaller because of deforestation and pollution. If this forest is getting smaller every day and many rivers such as the Ene river are being disrupted, many plants and living organisms are being affected. Even if hydroelectricity is a good energy source, it has a huge impact on the environment. In the article that you summarized, it describes how much space is needed to just create a dam and all the side effects which are worrying since it does not help the environment. You should look at the book Economics or River Flows: Lessons from Dam Removals in America part 4 because it explains very well the effects of hydro dams and useful tips on what can be done to lower the consequences of building and using this type of energy source. It also explains the more useful and less impacting places where to construct dams which is very interesting and useful. Hydroelectricity is a natural resource that can be very useful and not too invasive if people know where to place them and take the time to build good quality dams. Corporations care a lot about money but for the long run, it is more effective to have productive and low impact dams than cheap ones because the repairs will cost much more than just building strong ones in the first place.

Here is the link to the online book:
https://books.google.ca/books?hl=en&lr=&id=E8aWFL21oW0C&oi=fnd&pg=PA185&...

I enjoyed reading your article summary because it was well presented and clear. I also agree with you when it comes to corporations taking a step back and looking at the bigger picture of what is actually happening in the world. The Amazon rain forest is a very important ecosystem in which has many living organisms that depend on it. Every day, a part of this forest is getting smaller because of deforestation and pollution. If this forest is getting smaller every day and many rivers such as the Ene river are being disrupted, many plants and living organisms are being affected. Even if hydroelectricity is a good energy source, it has a huge impact on the environment. In the article that you summarized, it describes how much space is needed to just create a dam and all the side effects which are worrying since it does not help the environment. You should look at the book Economics or River Flows: Lessons from Dam Removals in America part 4 because it explains very well the effects of hydro dams and useful tips on what can be done to lower the consequences of building and using this type of energy source. It also explains the more useful and less impacting places where to construct dams which is very interesting and useful. Hydroelectricity is a natural resource that can be very useful and not too invasive if people know where to place them and take the time to build good quality dams. Corporations care a lot about money but for the long run, it is more effective to have productive and low impact dams than cheap ones because the repairs will cost much more than just building strong ones in the first place.

Here is the link to the online book:
https://books.google.ca/books?hl=en&lr=&id=E8aWFL21oW0C&oi=fnd&pg=PA185&...

Thank you for taking your time to write your summary about this. I like the bit about the big companies taking a step back and looking back at what they are truly doing, as they really, really should.
Onto the matters presented, this took an interesting turn for me as most of the articles i have read about the problems of building more Dams in Amazon are about Indigenous people's way of lives. In a way this shows that building these Dams threaten more than just human life but biodiversity itself.
According to a study of sustainable development discourse on indigenous people in the Brazilian Amazon in the context of the proposed Belo Monte hydroelectric dam,although it is great that we are looking forward to a sustainable future, the problem is that the only thing we are sustaining is human life, at the cost of other lives, both human and non-human.
Also, during the proposal of the creation of the dam, the companies have agreed to the creation of maintenance of ecological reserves for the threatened fauna along with the creation of new infrastructure as a support to the possible influx of migration to bigger cities. What they arent considering though is that with the creation of new infrastructure, more land will be taken up causing the same type of damages to the environment and society, It is appreciated that these companies are at least thinking of bettering this world through the lessening of pollution, there are still other ways of keeping Brazil Amazon light up such as improvement on solar power which for some reason was not presented as an alternative source of power. It has been presented that hydroelectric power is the only alternative to fossil fuels.
Looking back to your comment on how companies should look back at what they do, hopefully they soon do as more and more companies are rising up and with the population increasing we need a better way of sustaining out livelihood without compromising the future.
Work Cited:
https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/4c9a/8fd51cea7019c7a2f9e2a165404a0bdc62...

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