Belo Monte Dam: President of Brazilian Environmental Protection Agency resigns

14.1.2011 – The conflict over the controversial Belo Monte dam on the Xingu river in Brasil has reached a new culmination point: The president of the Brasilian environmental protection agency IBAMA, Abelardo Bayma Azevedo, resigned in reaction to massive pressure to grant the full installation licence for the Belo Monte dam. According to a report by the Brasilian magazine “El Globo”  Bayma Azevedo refused to grant the licence as numerous environmental problems have not been solved yet.  A partial installation licence was granted in 2010, but 40 conditions still need to be met by the project sponsors.

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