The Corpus Dam Should Not Be Built

The Corpus Dam Should Not Be Built

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Because the consequences of such a transformation of nature are impossible to evaluate by science, since it constitutes a true catastrophe. And catastrophes, according to the eminent Catalan ecologist Ramón Margaleff, cannot be evaluated.

Because it will transform the Paraná River into a gigantic reservoir of still and polluted water from San Ignacio to the Falls.

Because this reservoir will be added without interruption to those of the Yacyretá, Itaipú, Ilha Grande, Puerto Primavera and Jupiá dams, creating an unprecedented, worldwide, 3000 km long super-reservoir, from Ituzaingó (Corrientes) to the own sources of the Paraná River.

Because the consequences of such a transformation of nature are impossible to evaluate by science, since it constitutes a true catastrophe. And catastrophes, according to the eminent Catalan ecologist Ramón Margaleff, cannot be evaluated.

Because the waters of this artificial lake must grow more than twenty meters -the equivalent of a seven-story building-, in its deepest part, flooding thousands and thousands of hectares of productive lands.

Because in Monte Carlo, for example, the waters will cover the Fishing Club forever.

Because all the streams that flow into the Paraná in the area of ​​the reservoir (Piray, Ita-Curuzú, Paranay, Caraguatay, among others) will overflow, forming sub-reservoirs, reaching a width of hundreds of meters (650, for example, the Corpus stream).

Because as the river loses its natural purification capacity, the reservoir will be irreversibly contaminated with pesticides, industrial waste, sewage and sewage.

Because it will mean the disappearance of an important wildlife habitat and the consequent disappearance of it.

Because it will cause the disappearance of thousands of hectares of native forest.

Because the transformation of the river into a reservoir will cause the disappearance of the few fish that still survive today despite the Yacyretá barrier.

Because it implies altering the microclimates of our region (rainfall, humidity, temperature, etc.), with consequences not evaluated in the health and well-being of the inhabitants and in the agricultural activities.

Because as the river disappears and with the jungle almost non-existent, Misiones will lose its cultural, historical and geographical identity.

Because the enormous tourist potential offered by the river will also be lost with the simplification of the landscape implied by a reservoir and the disappearance of innumerable traditional places such as Caraguatay Island, the Yaguareté Cave, the Indian Gruta, the Tabay Falls, among the more significant.

Because valuable infrastructure works such as Route 12, its bridges, neighborhood roads, ports and numerous buildings will be lost.

Because cities like Montecarlo, for example, will be transformed into islands by overflowing streams such as Paranay and Piray, which will isolate it from its neighbors El Alcázar, Puerto Rico, Piray and Eldorado, and to reach them, you will have to travel much more distances larger than the current ones, since Route 12 will disappear in its current layout.

Because it will mean the definitive, direct or indirect disappearance of thousands of jobs that exist today.

Because it implies the disappearance of traditional ways of life and subsistence.

Because it will bring about the direct or indirect, mediate or immediate displacement of thousands and thousands of missionary families, many of which will have to abandon dignified ways of living and subsisting to go to integrate the marginality cordons of large cities.

Because pollution and the still, shallow waters at the edges of the reservoir, in a subtropical climate, will favor the appearance and development of diseases and vectors (mosquitoes, gnats, snails) of diseases such as equistosomiasis, malaria, yellow fever , among other.

Because it will mean the disappearance of archaeological sites, many of them still unknown, causing irreparable damage to the knowledge of our past and thus contributing to the cultural disintegration, necessary in the strategy of domination of peoples by global economic power.

Because its construction offers only temporary jobs, most of them dummy, and absorbed by workers from other regions.

Because these mega-dams by themselves do not bring benefits to the populations of the places where they are built, as shown by the city of Concordia (Entre Ríos) and the Comahue region (Neuquen and Río Negro).

Because these works are planned with the sole objective of producing cheap electricity for an economic model that concentrates wealth in a few hands and generates millions of excluded from work, health, education and a decent life.

Because the royalties? Promised ?, as the great and only direct benefit of the work for Misiones, 40 million dollars a year, is a negligible figure given the damage done to the province, since it is only enough to pay a month and a half the salaries of the provincial public administration, or the salary of a year of the employees of the energy company of Misiones (EMSA).

Because the electricity produced by a dam is cheap, because the losses of ecosystems, of arable land and of a river like the missionary Alto Paraná, in this case, are not counted as production costs.

Because, incredibly, its construction has been decided and projected without any environmental impact studies, despite the 30-year-old project.

Because the absence of environmental impact studies, despite the decades that have passed, shows the absolute contempt for the population affected by the work.

Because it is planned to exclusively serve Brazilian energy consumption and not for the benefit of Argentina and less of our region.

Because the "work concession" modality adopted in this case implies that the dam and the river will be owned by a company, undoubtedly foreign, with the consequent and condemnable loss of sovereignty.

Because the electricity that Corpus would produce would be absorbed by the increase in Argentine energy consumption, in two or three years, providing this data for the sole effect of sizing the poor contribution and the false solution that a work of this type implies that, in return, produces irreparable damage to society and nature.

Because there are non-destructive or polluting alternatives to produce electricity, such as wind, solar and hydrogen technology, technically developed and that if they are not used, it is due to incapacity, stupidity, ignorance, intellectual laziness or corruption of our officials and technicians.

Because currently energy is wasted and there are ways to save it through efficiency programs in its production, transmission, distribution and use. We are talking about energy efficiency, pending issue in our ruling class, accustomed to resorting to the easiest ... and profitable.

Because energy efficiency programs and the use of solar, wind and hydrogen energy produce many more permanent jobs than a dam, which, once built, is managed by a handful of people.

Because the natural, cultural and economic assets that will be lost have not been economically evaluated, as modern methodologies allow it to be done and as in fact, it has already been done in the province of Entre Ríos, which reduces the seriousness of any environmental impact study that is perform without having that valued inventory.

Because there are other forms of dialogue with nature, such as the one promoted by the Organic Agriculture Network of Misiones (RAOM), the Network of Ecological Associations of Misiones (RAE) and other organizations, where one hectare is enough for a dignified life of a family … And without razing the mountain.

Because pretending to sell the natural heritage abroad and for the benefit of the foreigner, reveals the easy attitude in the search for solutions and the smallness of the rulers, incapable of offering valid alternatives for development to their people.

Because promoting this work, when there was a Binding Plebiscite that rejected it, "whatever its location on the Paraná River," carried out only five years ago, is illegal.

Because promoting a new plebiscite with a previous one existing is a perverse and gross violation of the essence of Democracy: respect for the popular will expressed in legal elections.

Because the National Constitution grants Misiones ownership of the river and the national government has no right to promote the work as it has been doing.

Because it is repugnant to common sense that the government of a province with its capital destroyed by a dam (Yacyretá), which has not yet reached its maximum level of flooding and destruction (the current level of the reservoir needs to be increased by seven meters) and which has already produced a legion of displaced people without compensation, try to build another.

Because article 41 of the National Constitution prohibits works such as Corpus, which violate the right to a healthy environment, which destroy biodiversity and which compromise the possibilities of future generations to develop.

For all this:

We urge the people of the province to record indelibly in their memory the names of the politicians who promote this legally repudiated work and never vote for them again.

We urge the missionaries to indelibly record in their memory the names of the politicians who yesterday celebrated the No of the Plebiscite and today say Yes or Ni to Corpus and remember them as an example of what should disappear forever from Argentine political life: politicians who are driven by interests and not by convictions.

We urge authentic politicians to stand decisively and openly on the side of the people to which they belong, who elected and maintains them, and not on the side of economic power, which only promises more misery in the long term.

Saying NO TO CORPUS is Saying:

Yes to life

Yes to the Missionary Town

Yes to the law

Yes to Democracy

Source: Environmental Action Magazine

Video: Kariba Dam (June 2022).


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