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Evaluating the economic, social and environmental costs of planned road projects in the Amazon Basin

Photo: Shutterstock/ Dr. Morley Read

With generous support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, CSF is working on a project to identify the relative riskiness of planned road projects in terms of economic, social and environmental costs in the Amazon basin, and to engage decision makers to ensure that this analysis is relevant, understood and to the greatest extent possible considered in decision-making processes.

Evaluating the impacts of hydroelectric plants on the Munduruku indigenous people in the Brazilian Amazon

CSF staff conducted a field visit to villages of the Munduruku people in the Brazilian Amazon. These communities have been adversely affected for several years by the construction of the Teles Pires and São Manoel hydropower plants.

CSFScenic beauty of the Teles Pires river.

Beyond the obvious: local economic costs of the São Luiz do Tapajós dam

Series number: 
33

Socio-environmental Compensation of Impacts of dams in the Brazilian Amazon: A Review of Legal and Economic Aspects of Indemnity Programs

CSF-Brazil has launched our publication "Indemnification of Hydroelectric Power Plants Projects: A Legal, Economic, and Empirical Review". The study's objective is to: 1) provide information that strengthens actions seeking fair compensation and indemnization for communities affected by dams; and information for the design of compensation programs that meets the communities' vision of the future; and 2) spread awareness of the socio-environmental impacts of large infrastructure projects in the Amazon to society.

Contributing to the decision-making process about hydropower plants in the Brazilian Amazon region: Study of the financial feasibility and potential impacts of the Castanheira Dam

Conservação Estratégica (CSF-Brazil), in partnership with Instituto Centro de Vida (ICV, Institute of Life Center), International Rivers and Operação Amazônia Nativa (OPAN, Native Amazon Operation), carried out a detailed study on the construction of the proposed Castanheira hydropower plant on the Arinos river, in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil. This study had three goals: (1) evaluate the financial feasibility of the project; (2) contribute to the analysis of socio-environmental impacts associated with the construction of hydroelectric dams in the Amazon region; and (3) provide information to decision makers about this type of infrastructure through a cost-benefit analysis of the dam.

Multiplier Effects of Tourism Spending in Peru’s National Parks

Photo: Liz Bailón, Paracas National Reserve

With support from the Andes Amazon Fund, CSF conducted an analysis on multiplier effects of tourism spending in Peru’s national parks. Peru has created eleven national parks and numerous other protected areas in its Andes Amazon region covering approximately 18 million hectares. While efforts are currently under way to address existing funding gaps, the long term financial sustainability of Peru’s protected areas requires a substantial, long-term increase in allocation of public funds. Furthermore, Peru’s biological importance justifies expansion of the existing protected area system in the Andes Amazon, further increasing funding required.

Local economic costs of the proposed Isiolo dam: A scoping study

CSF conducted a desk-based study of potential local costs associated with the construction of the proposed Isiolo Dam in the Ewaso Ng’iro River in Kenya.

The dam has been identified by Kenya’s National Water Conservation and Pipeline Corporation as necessary to improve local livelihood by providing water for domestic and livestock use, small irrigation activities, and in the future, for tourists in the proposed Isiolo Resort City.

However, there has also been opposition to the proposed construction, based on concerns that the dam could expose herders downstream to drought, negatively affect endangered wildlife, and put the local wildlife-tourism based economy at risk.

Marañón: The social and environmental costs of five hydroelectric projects

Marañon river Amazon basin Peru hydroelectric project

Fisherman on the Marañon river. Photo credit: Jose Carlos Rubio

The Marañón River contributes about ten percent of the total water discharged by the Amazon river into the Atlantic Ocean, and transports approximately forty percent of all sediments carried in the Peruvian part of the Amazon watershed. Along with the Ucayali and Madre de Dios rivers, it is one of the main tributaries of the Amazon basin in Peru.

Marañón: Costo social de los impactos acumulativos de cinco proyectos hidroeléctricos

Series number: 
50

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