News From the Marañón – Nov 2017: Power to Tupén, Dam Updates and Exploring Canyons
Another busy year on the Marañón, some news good, some not so. The river still flows free, and resistance to destructive dams continues to grow so we have much to celebrate. Power to Tupen! Dam Updates: Project Lorena Advancing Project Veracruz Advancing with [...]
Project Lorena: Observations on Preliminary EIA
In April 2017, the Preliminary Environmental Impact Assessment (PEIA) for Project Lorena was approved, giving Amazonas Energía S.A.C. ( subsidiary of Andrade Gutierrez, Brazil) the green-light to move ahead a full EIA study (Resolucíón Directoral No 100 SENACE/DCA). The Lorena Hydroelectric Project is the lowest [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org +51 9 51242355 Lima, Peru, Friday, September 02, 2016 –– Endesa [...]
New National Coordinator for Remando Juntos Campaign
Marañón Waterkeeper is excited to announce the appointment of Diana Elizabeth Zanabria Sequiros to the position of National Coordinator for the Remando Juntos Campaign. Ms. Zanabria will coordinate Remando Juntos, a campaign focused at educating and creating pride in this emblematic river at a [...]
Op-ed: Don’t Dam The Grand Canyon of Peru
Written by Gary Wockner, Director at Waterkeeper Alliance. Original article Published 21 July by Canoe & Kayak Magazine. Of the twenty dam sites that have been identified on the Marañón over the last three decades, seven are serious proposals; four are in the [...]
Petition: Assess the full impact before approval!
This Petition calls upon the Peruvian Government, specifically the Minister of Environment, the Minister of Energy and Mines and the Minister of Culture to complete a Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Marañón River basin, before hydroelectric developments in this basin can proceed [...]
Studying the Marñón: Shooting Rapids and Exploring the Amazon
In National Geographic, scientist and pro kayaker Natalie Kramer Anderson discusses her expedition down Peru’s Marañón River and what it means to be female in two male-dominated professions. Read the full article here. Natalie and the team from the Marañón Project are [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]