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Sivens Dam on Tescou river, France


Resistance to a dam project in France has gained international attention after a young activist was killed by police during a protest.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Sivens Dam on Tescou river, France
State or province:Departement de Tarn
Location of conflict:Testet, Lisle sur Tarn
Accuracy of locationMEDIUM (Regional level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Water Management
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Water access rights and entitlements
Intensive food production (monoculture and livestock)
Dams and water distribution conflicts
Specific commodities:Water
Project Details and Actors
Project details

The reservoir will have a capacity of 1,5 million m3 and will approximatively have the following measures:

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Level of Investment:10,700,000
Type of populationRural
Start of the conflict:2014
Company names or state enterprises: Compagnie Fruitière from France
Relevant government actors:Conseil Général du Tarn
International and Finance InstitutionsEuropean Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)
European Union (EU)
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Confédération Paysanne, Europe Écologie, the Parti de Gauche and the Nouveau Parti anticapitaliste
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityHIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
Reaction stageIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups mobilizing:Local government/political parties
Social movements
Forms of mobilization:Blockades
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Media based activism/alternative media
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Occupation of buildings/public spaces
Hunger strikes and self immolation
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems
Potential: Soil erosion, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Loss of landscape/sense of place
Potential: Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures
Project StatusStopped
Conflict outcome / response:Deaths, Assassinations, Murders
Project temporarily suspended
Remi Fraisse was killed by a police grenade during a demonstration on the night between 25th to the 26th of October 2014. He had joint a public demonstration at the dam site.
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain:As of now, the government and appointed authorities have not properly responded to the committees' pledges and claims.
Abuse of public force has led to the death of a young activits. Investigation on the case is ongoing. [1]
Sources & Materials
Juridical relevant texts related to the conflict (laws, legislations, EIAs, etc)

Natura 2000
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Project description by local collective
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Communiqué d'occupants de la ZAD du Testet
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BLOG - Tant qu'il y aura des bouilles
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ZAD - Un camarade tué au Testet – Appel à manifester contre la violence d’Etat – à Nantes et ailleurs
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The Guardian - French Socialists and Greens at odds following death of Sivens dam protester
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France: Protests erupt after green activist killed in anti-dam struggle, Sunday, November 9, 2014. Green Left
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La Depeche - Semaine cruciale à Sivens pour le projet de barrage, August 2014
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[1] Le Monde - Mort de Rémi Fraisse : une communication officielle parcellaire 14.11.2014
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Euractive - Brussels to scrutinise French Sivens dam project
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

VIDEOS. Mort de Rémi Fraisse : les lycéens manifestent à Paris
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Contributor:Daniela Del Bene, ICTA - UAB (email contact: d.delbene(at)
Last update18/08/2019
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