About Benjamin Webb

Ben is International Coordinator for Marañón Waterkeeper. When he is not floating down beautiful rivers, he is working to protect them.

News from the Marañón #1 – First year of Marañón Waterkeeper

December 2016 marks the one year anniversary of Marañón Waterkeeper, we would like to thank all of you for your support over the past year. What a year it was, and what a year the next one will be! Amazonian Dams put on hold, Growing the team, New report on status of Marañón Dams and [...]

By |December 8th, 2016|News|0 Comments

New Dam Projects on the Marañón, Updated Dams Map & Background Information.

Update on Dam Projects: The Chilia Hydroelectric Project has advanced to the next stage of development. The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has been submitted and is currently undergoing evaluation by the Ministry of Energy and Mining (MINEM). The Chilia Project would have a dam wall of 117m, be located at 2200m meters above sea level in [...]

By |November 23rd, 2016|News|0 Comments

Omission of Neotropical Otter from Environmental Assessment.

If a large, conspicuous mammal can be left out of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), this calls the entire process into question. Veracruz is a 147m tall dam which planned on the Marañón River. In 2009, Compania Energetica Veracruz S.A.C. published an Environmental Impact Assessment for the Veracruz Dam project which was approved in 2014. We have [...]

By |November 17th, 2016|News|0 Comments

Swift Anti-Dam Success in Peru

In an interview with leading Peruvian news publication Somos, Waterkeeper Alliance President Mr. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. stated "My interest here is to try to generate a rational reaction to the government in terms of rethinking the various dam projects that are to be installed on the river". Just days after these words were spoken, [...]

By |October 10th, 2016|News|1 Comment

Press Release: Endesa Renounces its rights to water, cancelling its hydroelectric Projects. Marañón Waterkeeper questions viability of Veracruz Dam on the Marañón.

[Versión Español] Press Release: Endesa Renounces its rights to water, cancelling its hydroelectric Projects. Marañón Waterkeeper questions viability of Veracruz Dam on the Marañón. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Benjamin Webb, International Coordinator, Marañón Waterkeeper benjamin@maranonwaterkeeper.org +51 9 51242355 Lima, Peru, Friday, September 02, 2016 –– Endesa Chile, a multinational energy company with US $4.2 billion in 2015 revenues, is [...]

By |September 1st, 2016|News, Press Releases|0 Comments

What does it take to save a river?

The Marañón River is under threat from hydroelectric projects, International Coordinator of Marañón Waterkeeper shares some thoughts on what it takes to protect a wild river like this. What does it take to save a river? I think it’s simple. It takes people who care about it, moving and agitating and working towards its protection; [...]

By |June 19th, 2016|News|0 Comments

Starting a movement, stopping the dams on the Source of the Amazon.

[Press Release] Marañón Waterkeeper is the steward and protector of the Marañón River in Peru, primary tributary of the Amazon River. They are working to stop it from disappearing under 20 enormous hydroelectric dams. “We are sparking a movement in Peru” said International Coordinator, Benjamin Webb. “A coalition of NGO’s are developing cases for protection [...]

By |June 13th, 2016|Press Releases|0 Comments

Small Steps – More than One Year Remando Juntos

Remando Juntos por el Marañón // Paddling Together for the Marañón In December 2014, the Remando Juntos team was created. In March 2015, the first post in the campaign went up. Since then we have been working to create awareness for the importance of  Marañón River in Peru. Through our grass-roots campaign we are connecting the [...]

By |June 7th, 2016|News|0 Comments

Public Audiences Manipulated, Social Conflicts Grow

While it remains debatable whether dozens of large dams being constructed on the Marañón River in Northern Peru will bring the development that is claimed, the evidence mounting to expose the corruption and conflict that surrounds these projects. As conflicts grow and injustices are exposed the major question that remains is "why are these projects still on [...]

By |May 27th, 2016|News|3 Comments