Save Remote Panama Rainforest from Hydro Dams

Four proposed hydroelectric dam projects threaten free-flowing rivers, rare tropical species, indigenous cultures and a biologically diverse World Heritage Park in the remote rainforest of western Panama. Promoted by the Panamanian government and major Columbian and U.S. corporations, the dam projects would forever alter the free-flowing rivers of the Changuinola basin.

Rio Teribe begins in the heart of La Amistad Biosphere Reserve in western Panama and flows into Rio Changuinola, where three dams are proposed. Construction of the lowest Changuinola dam alone would biologically deplete over 500 miles of streams. A fourth proposed dam on Rio Bonyic, a major tributary of the Teribe, would permanently impact more than 100 miles of stream habitat. The dams, roads, bridges and power lines slated for construction as part of these projects would devastate unique native fish, impact the entire ecosystem of the Changuinola basin and open this remote jungle for development.

La Amistad Reserve contains Central America's largest intact tropical rainforest, is designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nations, and harbors incredible biodiversity including 115 species of fish. Most of the fish in the Teribe and Changuinola Rivers depend on access to the ocean to complete their life cycles. The dams would hinder migration and prevent successful reproduction for fish that migrate downstream to the estuary to spawn or rely on currents to carry eggs or larvae back to the sea. The dams would also flood portions of the territories of the indigenous Naso and Ngobe Tribes, destroying the centerpiece of their cultural and natural heritage.

The Panama National Environmental Authority (ANAM) recently approved flawed Environmental Impact Assessments for the four proposed dams. Please join the growing international movement to protect this ecological jewel of Central America and voice your opposition to the proposed Changuinola and Bonyic Hydroelectric Projects to ANAM.

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