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10 May 2015

Author:
Chris Kraul, Yale Environment 360 & Chinadialogue

Nicaragua: Inter-ocean canal could cause major social, environmental harm, says expert – previous response by HKND provided

“Nicaragua Canal: A giant project with huge environmental costs” 5 May 2015

…[P]reliminary work has already begun…before the….environmental impact assessment…Nicaraguans, as well as…scientists, say the canal would be an environmental catastrophe…it would also displace tens of thousands of Nicaraguans, including indigenous people…Some skeptics think that rather than building the canal, Wang Jing [from HKND] has set his sights on building nine “sub-projects”...Researchers were concerned that the lake dredging…would compromise the lake’s water quality…Scientists worry…about…what the environment could do to the canal. Nicaragua is the scene of frequent seismic and volcanic activity and…hurricanes…“By international standards, HKND hasn’t presented even 1 percent of the information to the public that it should…”[according to expert]…

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre previously invited HKND Group to respond to concerns related to the canal construction; the response is available here‏.

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