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Analysis

Conservation Strategy Fund helps local conservationists use economic tools to find smart, efficient solutions to the most urgent environmental problems. Since its creation in 1998, CSF has conducted dozens of analysis projects in forests, rivers and coastal environments. Most of our work has focused in the tropics, where extraordinarily high levels of biological diversity are found. To maximize the reach and quality of our work, we involve leading experts and conservation organizations in all of our projects.

Impact Analysis of the Teles-Pires dam in the Brazilian Amazon

CSF is conducting an economic analysis of the impacts of the Teles-Pires dam construction in the Brazilian Amazon.

The Teles-Pires dam was constructed from 2010 to 2014 on the border of the municipality of Jacareacanga, in the state of Pará, and Paranaíta, in Mato Grosso (MT), Brazil. As socio-environmental impacts of this construction and operation have been observed, financial compensation has been defined, where the dam allocates part of its revenue to Jacareacanga. Environmental compensations have also been created, via socio-environmental programs for the mitigation and compensation of the impacts on health and environment in the area affected by the dam. Despite the existence of these programs, local communities are not satisfied. There are nine lawsuits of the Public Ministry related to this topic, due to the program's ineffectiveness. Furthermore, another hydro-electric plant is being constructed, São Manoel.

In this context, CSF will conduct an economic analysis of the impacts of these two dams, including the valuation of the importance of the loss of some ecosystem services in the affected region.

With our results, we hope to contribute to the local and national debate on the construction of hydroelectric plants in the Brazilian Amazon region, and help raise local awareness of dam impacts on local people.

Photo credit: Marcos Amend.
Photo description: River in the Brazilian Amazon, a place of great beauty that could be flooded if a dam were to be built nearby.