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3 Dez 2015

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact, Asociación Interamericana para la Defensa del Ambiente, Amazon Watch, Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, Carbon Market Watch, France Liberte, Intl. Rivers, Jeunes Volontaires pour l'Environnement International, Oxfam Intl., REDLAR, Rios Vivos, Rivers Without Boundaries, South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People, Urgewald

Civil society warns against hydropower projects as solutions to climate change, referring to adverse human rights impacts

Large hydropower projects are often propagated as a “clean and green” source of electricity…Yet large hydropower projects are a false solution to climate change. They should be kept out from…climate initiatives for the following reasons: 1…hydropower reservoirs emit significant amounts of greenhouse gases…2…Hydropower projects…impair the role of rivers to act as global carbon sinks by disrupting the transport of silt and nutrients. 3. Hydropower dams make water and energy systems more vulnerable to climate change…4…dams cause severe and often irreversible damage to critical ecosystems…5…hydropower projects have serious impacts on local communities and often violate the rights of indigenous peoples…6…hydropower projects are not always an effective tool to expand energy access for poor people…7…hydropower projects would be a costly …8…hydropower is no longer an innovative technology…9. Wind and solar power have become readily available…10. Hydropower projects…absorb significant support from other climate initiatives.