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
NameSivens Dam on Tescou river, France
ProvinceDepartement de Tarn
SiteTestet, Lisle sur Tarn
Accuracy of LocationMEDIUM regional level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Water Management
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Dams and water distribution conflicts
Water access rights and entitlements
Intensive food production (monoculture and livestock)
Specific CommoditiesWater
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsThe reservoir will have a capacity of 1,5 million m3 and will approximatively have the following measures:

1,5 Km length

230 m width

48 ha project's area

4 m depth
Level of Investment (in USD)10,700,000
Type of PopulationRural
Start Date2014
Company Names or State Enterprises Compagnie Fruitière from France
Relevant government actorsConseil Général du Tarn
International and Financial InstitutionsEuropean Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)
European Union (EU)
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersConfédération Paysanne, Europe Écologie, the Parti de Gauche and the Nouveau Parti anticapitaliste
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)HIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
When did the mobilization beginIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups MobilizingLocal government/political parties
Social movements
Forms of MobilizationBlockades
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-economic ImpactsVisible: Loss of landscape/sense of place
Potential: Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures
Project StatusStopped
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseDeaths
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 as a success?Not Sure
Why? Explain briefly.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 and Materials

Natura 2000
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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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Project description by local collective
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BLOG - Tant qu'il y aura des bouilles
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Communiqué d'occupants de la ZAD du Testet
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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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Media Links

VIDEOS. Mort de Rémi Fraisse : les lycéens manifestent à Paris
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Other Documents

Solidarity with Remi
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Protests after the death of Remi Fraisse Source:
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Meta Information
ContributorDaniela Del Bene, ICTA - UAB (email contact: d.delbene(at)
Last update25/11/2014