The Environmental impacts of hydroelectric dams in the Amazon

Ariadne Katsouras

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An increasing number of nations are building greater numbers of large dams in the belief that they will improve living standards. Decision-making regarding construction of these large dams is mainly based on cost-benefit analysis. However all the impacts are often not included in this type of analysis, especially the environmental impacts. This is due to the fact that environmental factors are hard to identify and quantify and are interrelated. This study aims to identify the potential environmental impacts of the proposed Belo Monte Hydroelectric Dam in the Brazilian Amazon using a method called systems analysis, which accounts for the interrelatedness of environmental factors. It is hoped that this method will prove to be more effective in identifying environmental impacts so that they can more fully be accounted for by CBA and thus make it a more effective tool for decision-making relating to dam construction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-50
Number of pages2
JournalExpo 2012 Higher Degree Research : book of abstracts
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventHigher Degree Research Expo (8th : 2012) - Sydney
Duration: 12 Nov 201213 Nov 2012


  • hydroelectric dams
  • systems analysis
  • environmental impacts
  • Amazon

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