WATCH THIS! Lettre d’Information ONG #11: ”Mise à jour des informations de la lutte du M. 10.”

Le 9 février 2015, l’Autorité nationale de l’environnement (ANAM) a suspendu la construction du projet de barrage hydroélectrique de Barro Blanco pour une durée provisoire. Les communautés ont accepté la proposition du Gouvernement à ouvrir un dialogue tripartie (Gouvernement, entreprise et communautés affectées), et ont alors constitué les commissions qui allaient les représenter. Depuis lors, 5 réunions ont eu lieu lors desquelles ont été abordés les thèmes culturels et religieux, ainsi que l’état de conservation actuel des pétroglyphes (menacés par l’inondation qu’entraînera le barrage) et des autres découvertes archéologiques mises au jour dans la zone du barrage.

WATCH THIS! Boletín ONG #11: ”Actualización de información de la lucha del M. 10.”

El 9 de febrero del 2015, la Autoridad Nacional del Ambiente (ANAM) suspendió la construcción del proyecto hidroeléctrico de Barro Blanco, de forma temporal. Mientras el Gobierno propuso iniciar una mesa de dialogo tripartita (Gobierno, Empresa y Comunidades afectadas), las comunidades aceptaron el dialogo y escogieron las comisiones que las representarían en el mismo. Desde entonces ya se han realizado 5 reuniones, en las cuales se han profundizados temas como los culturales y religiosos, discutiendo del estado actual de los petroglifos (puestos en peligro de inundación por la construcción de la represa) y de los otros hallazgos arqueológicos revelados en el área de la prensa.

WATCH THIS! NGO Newsletter #11: ”Information Update About the M. 10 Fight”

On February 9th, 2015, the National Environmental Authority (ANAM) temporarily interrupted the construction of the hydroelectric dam project in Barro Blanco. The communities accepted the Government proposal to open a tripartite dialogue (Government, company and affected communities), then chose the committees to represent them. Five meetings have since taken place to discuss cultural and religious topics, as well as the current state of conservation of the petroglyphs (threatened by the flood generated by the dam) and others archaeological discoveries brought to light in the dam area.

Announcement to the country – Movement 10 of April in Defense of the River Tabasará

The Movement 10 of April M10 makes public its rejection to the last activities taking place as the de facto entrance of machinery and excavators to the riverbed of our Tabasará River which we defend against these non consulted projects with the community, specifically the Hydroelectric Project Barro Blanco whose promoter is Generadores del Istmo S.A. GENISA.

Commentaries on the validation of the Hydroelectric Project Barro Blanco, Panama

The Alliance for Conservation and Development (ACD) ratifies its position expressed in the commentaries that we sent last year in relation to the validation of the Barro Blanco project on the part of AENOR, and as much laments that the promoter of the project as the Government of Panama would seem to be abusing the validation system of the CDM when retiring and to return to present a project that already had been put previously under a validation process. This practice seems irregular and would seem to us to indicate an excessive interest of the promoter to capitalize over what should be instead an international mechanism for the reduction of greenhouse gas emmissions. Also, we lamented the interest of the European Investment Bank (EIB) to finance a project that seemed not to satisfy the additionality requirement and that in addition, has been implied in the violation of human rights of the Ngöbe population and peasants of the Republic of Panama.

Reasons against the Barro Blanco project and its financing by CERs

The communities next to the Tabasará river as much as those of Bellavista, Veladero and Cerro Viejo and in the district of Tolé (in the Province of Chiriquí), as those of Bakama in the district of Müna (in the indigenous region of Ngöbe Buglé) live intimately interrelated with Rio Tabasará from time immemorial of the colony.

Project comments on the Barro Blanco Hydro Dam CDM project, Panama

November 7, 2008
We consider that the Barro Blanco Hydrolectric Project should not be validated as a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project; because this hydroelectric project completely fails to fulfill the condition of additionality required by the CDM; the Panamanian Designated National Authority (DNA), the National Environmental Authority (ANAM), is marred with conflicts of interests; and the Government of Panama has systematically violated the human rights of the Ngobe indigenous peoples and peasant communities that will be directly affected and that have opposed to the construction of this project since 1999.

Proyecto Barro Blanco, registrado bajo el Mecanismo de Desarrollo Limpio de la ONU, es suspendido por incumplimiento con su Evaluación de Impacto Ambiental

Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá y Ginebra, Suiza. En una decisión histórica, la Autoridad Nacional del Ambiente (ANAM) de Panamá ordenó ayer la suspensión temporal de la construcción del proyecto hidroeléctrico Barro Blanco debido al incumplimiento con su Evaluación de Impacto Ambiental. La represa fue registrada bajo el Mecanismo de Desarrollo Limpio (MDL) de la ONU pese a que amenaza con inundar el territorio de las comunidades Ngäbe Buglé.

UN registered Barro Blanco Hydroelectric Dam temporarily suspended over non-compliance with Environmental Impact Assessment

PANAMA CITY, Panama and GENEVA, Switzerland In a landmark decision, Panama’s National Environmental Authority (ANAM) temporarily suspended the construction of the Barro Blanco hydroelectric dam yesterday over non-compliance with its Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). The dam was approved by the UN Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) despite risks of flooding to the territory of the indigenous Ngäbe Bugle communities.

UN approved hydroelectric dam Barro Blanco suspended over community rights violations

Following community protests by the indigenous Ngobe communities, Panama’s environment agency ANAM supended the Barro Blanco hydroelectric yesterday. The decision was taken because of breaches of the national environmental impact assessment requirements, including shortcomings in the agreement with the locally affected indigenous communities.