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30 Aug 2016

Richard Arghiris, Intercontinental Cry

Panama: Indigenous communities inundated by Barro Blanco dam; they were not consulted

“Panama President destroys indigenous communities and claims “success””, 26 Aug 2016

…Indigenous Ngäbe communities living on the banks of the Tabasará River in western Panama are scrambling for their lives as flood water from the Barro Blanco hydroelectric reservoir inundates their houses, schools, farms and cultural centers…Panama President…was busy celebrating the signing of a formal “peace agreement” between his government and…the elected chief of the semi-autonomous Comarca Ngäbe-Buglé…[H]owever, none of the Tabasará communities directly affected by the flood waters were involved in the talks. Nor did they endorse the new agreement…Any hopes that GENISA would soon conclude their “tests” and reopen the gates were definitively crushed when the company met with their financial backers and the Government of Panama on July 8 2016…Barro Blanco is being financed primarily by European taxpayers via the Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank (FMO) and the German Development Bank (DEG), along with the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI)…