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Proposed Dams in Panama and Costa Rica Threaten World Heritage Site – March 20, 2013

La Amistad Biosphere Reserve at risk

Surrounded by verdant rainforest and the sounds of a rushing river contending with a chorus of cicadas, 50 members of the Naso Indigenous group gathered in western Panama last September to protest plans to develop a 30 megawatt hydroelectric dam on the Bonyic River. Behind the dam opponents stood the cloud-shrouded, lush peaks of the La Amistad Biosphere Reserve and International Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site whose watersheds are threatened by a dam-building binge in the region.

photoname Photo by Richard ArghirisA member of the Indigenous Naso tribe traverses Rio Teribe in the La Amistad Biosphere
Reserve. The Bonyic dam threatens… more

by: Jennifer Kennedy

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