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Serious Impacts of the Amazon Waterway

In addition to the important international panels within the framework of SBSTA 50, on Tuesday, June 18, an international debate will be held in two sessions.

Servindi, June 17, 2019.- The press conference "Serious Impacts of the Amazon Waterway" will be held on June 19 and 20 in the 50th session of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 50)  in Bonn, Germany.

In addition to the important international panels within the framework of SBSTA 50, on Tuesday, June 18, an international debate will be held in two sessions.

Richard Rubio, vice president of the Inter-ethnic Association for the Development of the Peruvian Jungle (AIDESEP) and Robinson Lopez, leader of the Coordinator of the Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA) will attend the event.

They will make a presentation about the dangers of the Amazon Waterway project, the improvement of river transport without dredging the Amazonian rivers and the fight against its global impact in the Amazon.

Mariana Montoya, biologist and director of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) will be on the panel to carry out the scientific part and to talk about the hydrological, environmental and social of the Waterway.

Thomas Bross, executive director of the  Climate Alliance; Andreas Wolter, mayor of Koln and ally of the Municipality of Yarinacocha, and Berioska Quispe, representative of the Peruvian Ministry of the Environment will also participate.

It should be noted that the 50th period of Sessions of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) will take place from June 17 to 27, 2019 and it is framed in the preparations of the Climate Action Summit.

Serious impacts of the Amazonian Waterway

The Waterway and Its Global Impact

The Amazon Waterway project, contemplates using the dredging technique in the four main rivers of the Peruvian jungle: Amazonas, Ucayali, Marañón and Huallaga, which are located in the regions of Loreto and Ucayali.

The dredging would impact the nature and the native communities that live near these rivers negatively, uncontrollably and unpredictably.

Thus, if this technique were carried out, the natural course of the rivers would be altered, generating pollution and a great imbalance of the Amazonian ecosystem, therefore, the loss of fauna and flora.

Likewise, it would affect food security, by reducing fish reproduction; the fishing activity and the diet of the indigenous and local population would also be severely affected.

Furthermore, the technique would affect the cultural identity, the cosmovision, the spirituality of the native communities and would violate a large part of the indigenous peoples’ rights.

For all these reasons, AIDESEP together with its regional governments demand the immediate unviability of the Amazon Waterway due to incomplete studies, technical flaws, deficient social baseline and the dangers of corruption.

Also, in the face of possible risks, the adoption of protective measures under the Precautionary Principle and international policies.

Amazon Waterway: No dreadging!

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