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Honduran indigenous rights defender wins Goldman Prize for opposition to hydropower in “most dangerous country for environmental defenders”

Author: Jonathan Watts, The Guardian, Published on: 21 April 2015

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“Honduran indigenous rights campaigner wins Goldman prize” 20 Apr 2015

…Berta Cáceres…has been declared the winner of this year’s Goldam Environmental Prize…[She] is facing down one of Central America’s biggest hydropower projects, powerful landowners, a US-funded police force, and a mercenary army of private security guards…The project…which is being built by local firm Desa…would choke the main source of irrigation and drinking water for the community…The often bloody campaign struggle has achieved notable successes. In 2013, China´s Sinohydro…backed out of the Agua Zarca project, saying it was concerned about…“controversial land acquisition”... NGOs are calling upon a German company, Voith Hydro, to end all the involment in the scheme, which has yet to begin construction…

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Related companies: Desarrollos Energéticos (DESA) Sinohydro Voith