Reporting on the conflict between the mega mining project Conga and the people of Cajamarca, Peru
Today the letter was delivered with signatures in French and Spanish to the Peruvian Embassy in Paris. However, not without difficulty as we were denied a receipt of delivery and passed a note such as “no one enabled”, “the secretary has gone” etc etc. After insisting and saying that we would say that the embassy refused to receive the letter, they agreed to sign a receipt.
The signature campaign is still on the website of FAME:
Please see below for the letter.
March 14: International Day of Action for Rivers and against Dams
Statement of organizations against the project Chadin II
Ms. Ambassador Cristina Laboureix Velita of
Mr. Minister Merino Tafur, MEM
The undersigned organizations express our deep concern and opposition to the construction of more than 15 dams on the river Marañon and particularly against the construction of mega Chadin II between the provinces of Celendin, and Luya Cajamarca, Amazonas, Peru.
This megaproject by the Brazilian company Odebrecht, with a potential power of 600 MW and at a cost of $ 819 million, would involve 21 communities. It foresees the construction of a dam 175 meters high that would form a reservoir of 196 000 m3 of water. If carried out, the project would result in the direct loss of many villages such as Choropampa, San Lucas, Tupén Grande, Tupén Chico, la Mushca, Mendán and land devoted to agriculture and the cultivation of such crops as cocoa shilico. It would also cause the disappearance of endangered animal species such as the spectacled bear and the rich flora and fauna of the Amazon. Likewise, still water causes increased CO2 and methane production that promote global warming.
The energy produced would be mostly exported to Brazil. Peru, as an energy provider to Brazil, would increasing its dependence on that country and be subsumed as part of its energy matrix.
The rest of the energy would serve to fuel the activities of the controversial mining project Conga, widely rejected by the population of not just Cajamarca. As we know, this project foresees the destruction of hundreds of acres of wetlands and thousand of meters of lagoon waters, – both of which are needed by the population for their livelihoods and agricultural activities.
Public consultation has not yet been realised but already various organizations of the two departments affected – such as the peasant patrols and defense fronts, and people in general from Cortegana, Chimuch, Amazonas, etc have expressed their opposition to this new extractive project. A democratically elected government must respect the voice and feelings of the majority.
We remain vigilant for any grievances against the environment and the people’s will.
Tierra y Libertad Paris – Collectif ALDEAH – Coordination EAU Ile-de-France – Eau Secours 34 – Food & Water Europe – Justice et Paix – Collectif Causse Méjean Gaz de schiste NON – Alliance Ecologiste Indépendante – ACME France – Aquattac – Yogash – Coordination Rhône-Méditerranée des Associations des Usagers de l’Eau – France Libertés – France Amérique Latine – IDeAL, Idées neuves sur l’Amérique Latine – Amis de la Terre – ColomVienne – FranceCOLAP – NPA – Attac France – EELV – Comité de solidarité avec Cajamarca…