The rainforest of the indigenous tribe Ngobe is a natural paradise for reptiles and amphibians, such as the endangered Tabasara Rain Frog. Now, part of it could be drowned due to the hydroelectric dam project Barro Blanco. Please demand the protection of the Tabasara rainforest. – Update: May 24, 2012
Deutsche Investitions-und Entwicklungsgesellschaft GmbH (DEG), Germany
Tel.: +49 221 4986-0, Fax +49 221 4986-1290
the German DEG, alongside the Dutch FMO and the Central American BCIE, is financing plans for a hydroelectric power station called Barro Blanco in Panama, having granted almost 20 million euros.
In order to produce 29 megawatt, a 55 metres tall dam is planned to be built in the course of the Tabasara river. This would lead to the banking-up of the river for miles and would cause the flooding of 1.6 square miles of rainforest and cultivated land.
The inhabitants and especially the Ngobe natives have been fighting against a hydroelectric power station on their land for decades. Time and again, the construction of Barro Blanco could not be put into effect due to the resistance of the people.
But now the military police is using brute force to oppress the protests of the people. At least two were killed, numerous are missing, dozens of people were injured and arrested - this is the sad summary of a police operation this February.
The DEG is referring to environmental and social studies, signed contracts and the laws of this Central American state. However, violence and shots fired at indigenous people who are struggling for survival are not compatible with basic and human rights.
The cited studies are highly superficial and loaded with imprecision and mistakes. For example, the environmental review states that the endangered animals are able to migrate to other areas. However, the extremely endangered blue Tabasara Rain Frog is not even mentioned in the study. In addition, even more contracts have already been signed for the construction of further hydroelectric power stations downstream.
The problems mentioned above are well documented and summarized in the television report "Panama: village of the damned":
Being involved with Barro Blanco, the DEG is also jeopardizing the previous success of development cooperation with the Ngobe.
Therefore, the bank should withdraw its support for the Barro Blanco hydroelectric power station project immediately and should refrain from granting further financial support.
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Because, I really wanted to show that beautiful Blue Frog in a bigger picture with the story. The 2nd Part where you can Sign Protest letter. "Click where it says, "Click Here to Open as a seperate Page" And it will take you to Rainforest Rescue Site . Thanks Fruddys. I love Protests. LOL
The rainforest of the indigenous tribe Ngobe is a natural paradise for reptiles and amphibians, such as the endangered Tabasara Rain Frog. Now, part of it could be drowned due to the hydroelectric dam project Barro Blanco. Please demand the protection of the Tabasara rainforest.
This post was modified from its original form on 23 Jan, 22:25
whit a beautiful froggie that is vinnie. Went in and signed. Jist shows how much they DONT CARE by not even giving this fruddy buddy a mention!!!!
SIGNED EVERY PROTEST ON THE SITE
so much to protest,incredible that there is NO BALANCE IN THE WORLD
and these showcase the reasons why; NO ONE CARES,UNLESS IT'S CONVENIENCE FOR
SOULESS,HEARLESS,SELFISH,GREEDY (insert more synonyms here)
yes,Iain such a flamer
Yes, Fast Frogger, am I now just a Hippity-Hopping along. BTW.. Did nobody notice my play on words. My PUN of the Tabasara Frog ? I said Tabasco Sauce Frog. I just couldn't help myself, was feeling silly.. Now from me and Dottie to all fur babys. xoxoxoxo
This post was modified from its original form on 24 Jan, 23:57
Yeah it made me laugh - I thought you put because that frog looks hot and angry about his home being destroyed! I don't know how these people sleep at night who are destroying there very own planet - which Frogs RULE!