Conference on Belo Monte, organised by the Green Party of the European Parliament

Dear all,

please find enclosed the invitation to the conference on Belo Monte, organised by the Green Party of the European Parliament. Join the event and please forward this invitation to anyone interested. Including those who still think that hydropower is sustainable: those are the ones we need to show the reality!
best regards, always,
Paul Wolters

Zum Anklicken der Belo-Monte Website, Konferenzprogramm und Anmeldemodalitaeten bitte den Anhang oeffnen.!

Please open the annex for the link to the Belo Monte Website, the conference agenda and the registration!

Para ver el link a la página web sobre  Belo Monte, la agenda y la inscripción abrir el anexo, por favor!

Para ver o link da página web sobre  Belo Monte, a agenda e a inscrição, abrir o anexo, por favor!

____ BELO MONTE MEGA-DAM ___

The Amazon up for grabs?

A Greens/EFA conference
Thursday 14 November 2013, 15:00-18:30
European Parliament – Room A1G3
60 rue Wiertz – 1047 Brussels

Belo Monte is a controversial mega-dam complex on the “big bend” of the Xingu river, a tributary of the Amazon. Like other mega-projects, it is claimed that such large scale development will improve living conditions for local people, in line with the  Brazilian government’s  slogan “development starts with energy”.  But who benefits? And who pays the bill?

Experts say that Belo Monte will produce a mere fraction of the projected electricity, while it risks huge social and environmental impacts, breaching the rights of the local population to access fisheries and forest. Critics argue that it will entail further construction contracts across the whole region while clearing the forest for mining.

How are EU citizens implicated through investments and shares in European companies which are consortia members? What are the legal challenges and options, what are the corruption allegations, what trials have been brought to the courts, and what has happened with them? What are the alternatives to these kinds of lucrative, publically-funded, expensive, high impact, low yield prestige projects?

Find out through presentations and debate between civil society and players in the legal, political and business world from both sides of the Atlantic, hosted by the three Green MEPs who visited the site and stakeholders in July.


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