21/06/16

Honduras dam wars

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Honduras is a water-rich country, but its river system is threatened by the proliferation of big, unregulated dams.
 
The Honduran government, which seized power in a 2009 coup, assigned concessions for 47 dams without consulting local communities. This move is illegal under the UN declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples.
 
Local people are now campaigning against the building of unregulated hydropower plants, but energy scarcity makes them increasingly important.
 
This audio report explores the controversy around the deployment of big dams in Honduras and looks at the issue of hydropower at large, discovering that generating clean energy from water can be sustainable, when local people are involved.