Hydroelectric Dam In Panama Suspended, Hurrah!

The global movement against dams celebrates this week as the construction of Panama’s Barro Blanco dam was suspended. The country’s environmental agency, ANAM, put their foot down for numerous reasons: the violations of local community rights, the indefinite destruction of natural ecosystems, and its contribution to climate change. Read more...

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Murum Dam Flooding Begins as Penan Continue Protest

Despite ongoing protests and a human blockade by a group of over 100 indigenous Penan, the Sarawak Energy Berhad has confirmed that flooding has begun at the site of the Murum hydroelectric dam in Sarawak, Malaysia. Read more from Malaysiakini on Yahoo! News Malaysia Read a history of the Penans’ struggle with dam builders...

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Penan Villagers Resume Murum Dam Blockade

A group of indigenous Penan has resumed protest against the construction of the Murum hydroelectric dam, claiming that the government has not met demands for fair compensation. Acceptable reparation would include enough land to be self-sufficient through farming, a share of the dam’s profits, and full redress for land lost,...

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