Brazil’s Samuel Dam: Lessons for Hydroelectric Development Policy and the Environment in Amazonia

@article{Fearnside2005BrazilsSD,
  title={Brazil’s Samuel Dam: Lessons for Hydroelectric Development Policy and the Environment in Amazonia},
  author={Philip Martin Fearnside},
  journal={Environmental Management},
  year={2005},
  volume={35},
  pages={1-19}
}
Brazil’s Samuel Dam, which formed a 540-km2 reservoir in the state of Rondônia in 1988, provides lessons for development decisions throughout Amazonia and in other tropical areas. The decision to build the dam was heavily influenced by its role in the political strategies of key decision makers. Samuel illustrates both impacts and benefits of electricity supply and the dilemmas facing decision makers regarding the various options for planned electricity generation. Environmental costs included… CONTINUE READING

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