At a time in which conflicts concerning the use of water resources are becoming ever more frequent and the United Nations General Assembly declared clean water and sanitation to be a fundamental human right, the symbolic and political value of defending Patagonia seems evident.
The main goal of this campaign is to bring International attention to the following:
Bring to a halt the HidroAysén project;
Support the Chilean movements that are fighting to restore citizen rights to water, stripped away during the dictatorship period;
Put pressure on ENEL and its subsidiaries to comply with the recommendations of the World Commission on Dams.
Urging the Italian government to monitor the environmental and social impacts of ENEL projects in Patagonia.
The enormous political and economic interests behind the project mean that as always the odds are stacked against those opposing such endeavours. But history teaches us that halting the construction of large dams is possible through an alliance of International communities, associations and civil society backed by continuous hard work and people’s determination.
This campaign aims essentially at carefully pondering the kind of development we envision for our planet. In turn, this will force us to radically discuss our unsustainable model of production and consumerism. This approach is constantly pushing the boundaries of our planet’s resources, thus resulting in large scale destruction practices. This campaign wants to underline the fact that the Earth’s natural resources are common goods and their management must directly involve all local people and communities - rather than endowing them upon individuals only interested in making a profit. In Italy, just as in Patagonia.
What is CDCA’s mission?
The CDCA is actively supporting the Patagonia Without Dams Campaign by promoting appeals from the Council for the Defence of Patagonia and endorsing the Chilean Patagonia sin Represas (Patagonia Without Dams) initiative.
Read CDCA’s conflicts in Chilean Patagonia!
What you can do
Join our campaign! You can participate at our various events, help in organising ‘caravans’ and meetings, volunteering at information stands, or translating articles and documents .... Get involved!