A call to the regional office of World Bank to clarify whether the statements made to a national average by the economist of the organization, Paul Fanjnzylver, which would support the dams in Aysen, were a personal or institutional, made this morning by the Executive Secretary Defence Council of Patagonia, Patricio Rodrigo. The management of the organization led by a tough battle against the eventual construction of more than eight dams in Patagonia (the sum of HidroAysen to Southern Energy, among others) and an associated power transmission lines of 2,300 kilometers long, said ” in the event that this person’s statements reflect a new international body’s official policy regarding the mega dams, particularly in an area of global concern such as Patagonia, the institution must clarify its position on the report of the World Dams which was funded by the World Bank itself and shows that where they have been installed at all have contributed to the development of regions and territories and, conversely, environmental conditions have worsened, the landscape and quality of life of communities. ”
He added that “at a time when national and global economy going through the worst crisis of the century, it would be unusual for the World Bank promote initiatives of mega dams that threaten the development of low-impact renewable energy and sustainable employment-generating, they outsource costs to society, destroy the natural resource base and tend to strengthen the monopolistic economic visions that just took us to the current situation. ” CLIMATE CHANGE INCREASE Sa DAMS TICO Fanjnzylver Patricio Rodrigo urged that, particularly with respect to five HidroAysen plans to build dams in Patagonia and its alleged contribution to reducing carbon emissions, “to consider recent scientific information and refer to studies conducted by the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) in the area where such dams be deployed, research that is being analyzed the decline in the ability to capture CO2 by phytoplankton algae due to reduced sediment and nutrients provided by the rivers, which would be blocked the effect of dams on the Baker and Pascua rivers ..