The River Magdalena, Colombia. Photo: RitaCuba
The El Quimbo Hydroelectric Project is the first dam in Colombia built entirely by a multinational corporation, Emgesa. The dam would create a lake of about about 8,250 ha, almost twice the size of Lake Vyrnwy.
It would cover some of the region's most fertile land that grows coffee, tobacco and cacao. It will destroy the food security of hundreds of communities that depend on of fishing, day worker, mining and transport for a living along the Magdalena River.
Since the project started in 2008 local communities have protested about the plan and proposed alternatives for development in their region. They have been consistently ignored by national authorities. Now the Colombian Government has altered It's environmental agreement with the local communities to exclude the fishermen a significant portion of those affected by the dam.
People are also concerned because the dam might not survive the frequent earthquakes in the area.
The Association of the Affected of the Quimbo Hydroelectric Project (ASOQUIMBO) and called a 15 day strike in the region paralyzing the dam's construction for two weeks.
Please sign Friends of the Earth Colombia's petition asking the Colombian Government to suspend the diversion of the River Magdalena, the first stage of the project. If the diversion takes place it will cause irreversible destruction to the country's main river basin and water resource.