15 Sep '12, 10am

IUCN World Conservation Congress calls on Chile to protect Patagonia from HidroAysén transmission development

Highlighting the ongoing international concern about the HidroAysén mega-dam proposal, the IUCN’s World Conservation Congress approved a motion calling on Chile to protect fragile natural areas in Patagonia from transmission line development linked to the controversial project. Construction of a new transmission line to connect the HidroAysén dams to Chile’s main power grid further north would entail traversing pristine landscapes and could potentially open up the region to further industrialization. Fortunately, however, Chile has better energy options. Rather than moving forward with destructive projects like HidroAysén, Chile should instead tap into to its abundant renewable energy resources. Every four years IUCN members – including both government agencies and NGOS – assemble during the World Conservation Congress to discuss and decide on pressing environmental issues...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/cherrera/iucn_world_con...

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