Last update:
2014-09-16

Hidroeléctrica Changuinola I (CHAN-75), Bocas del Toro, Panamá

Description:

En el 2005, la Autoridad Nacional del Ambiente (ANAM) otorgó permisos a AES-Panamá y AES-Changuinola (subsidiarias de Allied Energy Systems Corporation) para la construcción del Proyecto Hidroeléctrico Changuinola I (Chan-75 o Gavilán).

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Hidroeléctrica Changuinola I (CHAN-75), Bocas del Toro, Panamá
Country:Panama
State or province:Bocas del Toro
Location of conflict:Charco la Pava, Valle el Rey, Guayabal y Changuinola Arriba
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict: 1st level:Water Management
Type of conflict: 2nd level :Water access rights and entitlements
Land acquisition conflicts
Dams and water distribution conflicts
REDD/CDM
Specific commodities:Land
Electricity
Water
Project Details and Actors
Project details:

Ubicación: cuenca rio Changuinola

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Project area:750
Level of Investment: 600,000,000.00
Type of populationRural
Affected Population:150,000 - 200000
Start of the conflict:05/01/2007
Company names or state enterprises:Allied Energy Systems Corporation (AES ) from United States of America
AES Panamá from Panama - concesionaria
AES Corporation (AES) from United States of America
Relevant government actors:Autoridad Nacional del Ambiente (ANAM), Ministerio de Desarrollo Social (MDS), la Defensoría del Pueblo, la Autoridad Nacional de Servicios Públicos (ANSP), Autoridad Nacional del Ambiente (ANA)
International and Finance InstitutionsBanco Centroamericano de Integración Económica (BCIE)
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Comarca Ngäbe-Buglé, Movimiento 10 de Abril, Alianza para la Conservación del Desarrollo (ACD), Cultural Survival, Amnistía Internacional (AI),Asociación Ecologista Panameña (AEP) y la Asociación de Derecho Ambiental (ADA)
Conflict and Mobilization
IntensityHIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Indigenous groups or traditional communities
International ejos
Local ejos
Local government/political parties
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Social movements
Women
Ethnically/racially discriminated groups
Local scientists/professionals
Forms of mobilization:Artistic and creative actions (eg guerilla theatre, murals)
Blockades
Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Development of a network/collective action
Development of alternative proposals
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Media based activism/alternative media
Objections to the EIA
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Referendum other local consultations
Street protest/marches
Arguments for the rights of mother nature
Refusal of compensation
Impacts of the project
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Floods (river, coastal, mudflow), Food insecurity (crop damage), Soil erosion, Waste overflow, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity, Air pollution, Noise pollution, Other Environmental impacts
Potential: Desertification/Drought, Global warming
Other Environmental impactsImpacto directo al Parque Nacional la Amistad (PILA), Patrimonio Mundial de la Humanidad (UNESCO, 1983) y al Humedal de San
San Pond Sak, Sitio Ramsar.
Health ImpactsVisible: Mental problems including stress, depression and suicide, Other Health impacts
Potential: Violence related health impacts (homicides, rape, etc..)
Other Health impactsEnfermedades respiratorias a niños indígenas Ngobe causadas por el polvo durante la construcción.
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Displacement, Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Militarization and increased police presence, Specific impacts on women, Violations of human rights, Land dispossession, Increase in violence and crime
Potential: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Other socio-economic impacts
Other socio-economic impactsDebido a la cercanía del Proyecto Hidroeléctico con el Cinturón Deformado del Norte, fallas y fracturas geológicas del área aumenta el riesgo de temblores y terremotos.
Outcome
Project StatusIn operation
Conflict outcome / response:Compensation
Criminalization of activists
Court decision (victory for environmental justice)
Migration/displacement
Repression
Strengthening of participation
Violent targeting of activists
Application of existing regulations
Development of alternatives:El cese de concesiones para más proyectos hidroeléctricos en la cuenca del Río Changuinola hasta no estar delimitadas las comarcas indígenas e identificadas las tierras anexas con posible afectación.
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:Aún con la movilizción indígena, de ONG nacionales e internacionales, con la resolución de la Corte Interamericana de derechos humanos y la visita del relator especial de la ONU, el proyecto CHAN I ya está construido
Sources and Materials
Related laws and legislations - Juridical texts related to the conflict

Petición admitida presentada ante la CIDH
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Carta Interamericana de Derechos Humanos
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References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

Cordero, S. Montenegro, R. Mafla, M. Burgués, I. Reid, J. (2006) Análisis costo - beneficio de cuatro proyectos hidroeléctrico en la Cuenca Changuinola-Teribe
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Reporte de James Anaya, Relator especial ONU
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Barber, Jesica (2008) Paradigms and Perceptions. A Chronology and Analysis of the Events of the Chan-75. Hydroelectric Project
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Stein, Jeffrey (2007) Percepciones de impacto social del PH CHAN-75
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AIDA. Grandes Represas en América. Peor el remedio que la enfermedad?
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Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

Diario Web Centroamérica (2011). Panamá cancela concesión de hidroeléctrica.
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International Rivers. ACD Comments on Changuinola 1 (Chan 75) Large Hydro Project (Panama)
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Servindi, Panamá: Relator ONU se reúne con comunidades afectadas por proyecto hidroeléctrico Chan 75
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CorpWatch (2012). Damming the Ngäbe: Aftermath of an AES Power Project in Panama
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Inauguran Central Hidroeléctrica Changuinola I
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Cultural Survival (2007) Dam Nation
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International Rivers. Dams Threaten Biodiversity and Indigenous People in Panama
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International Amnesty (2011). Indigenous families homes to be flooded.
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Carta a la Administradora General del Ambiente (ANAM)
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AES Inaugura Proyecto Hidroeléctrico con Actos Discriminatorios y Presencia
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Afectados por PH CHAN I piden mediación de la Defensoría para indemnización
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

Propuesta del Pueblo Ngabe al Gobierno Panameño. 29-2-2012
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Chang 75 Cuando los derechos indígenas son relegados
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Other documents

Hidroeléctrica CHAN I
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Afectados por CHAN I piden indemnización manifestación ante la Defensoría de los Habitantes
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Meta information
Contributor:Grettel Navas, Fundación Neotrópica
Last update16/09/2014
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