Honduras: Agua Zarca Dam impacts indigenous people by Gualcarque River



 Country: Honduras

Project name: Agua Zarca


Capacity: 21.3 MW

Companies involvedProject developer: Desarrollos Energéticos (DESA). Contractor: COPRECA (former contractor: Sinohydro). Turbine provider: Voith (partly owned by Siemens). Funders: Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI), Finnfund, FICOHSA, FMO, USAID, COPRECA.

This section briefly summarises key concerns about the projects. See below for companies’ responses to those concerns, wherever available:

In March 2016, Berta Cáceres, human rights defender and indigenous leader opposed to the Agua Zarca dam, was assassinated.  She had been actively leading her community’s resistance against Agua Zarca, a dam project which has previously been linked to the killing of Tomás Garcia, another human rights defender, in 2013.

Both defenders were leaders of the indigenous Lenca community which alleges that the Agua Zarca dam would significantly impact their livelihoods and that they had not been adequately consulted according to the international standard of free, prior & informed consent. Berta’s assassination elicited an outcry from the international community, including calls for foreign investors to withdraw from the project.  The Dutch and Finnish development banks have announced that they are suspending their activities pending further investigations into the killing.  As of May 2016, two people linked to the project developer, DESA, have been arrested in connection with the killing.  The community continues to face security concerns.

Company responses:

Entities reportedly involved in financing Agua Zarca dam project:

Companies reportedly involved in project development & implementation: