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.