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ACODET reaffirms peaceful resistance to the Xalalá Dam amid threats to environmental activists

2017-12-29T17:44:52+00:00March 16th, 2016|Defense of life and territory, Xalalá Dam|

Let us wake up! Let us wake up, humankind! We’re out of time. We must shake our conscience free of the rapacious capitalism, racism, and patriarchy that will only assure our own self-destruction. The Gualcarque River has called upon us, as have other seriously threatened rivers. We must answer [...]

The Xalalá Dam: A comprehensive timeline

2017-11-25T19:37:18+00:00October 12th, 2015||

Since the early 1970s, the construction of the Xalalá Dam has been a recurring priority for the Guatemalan government. Slated for construction in the Ixcán region of north-central Guatemala, the proposed project threatens to destroy not only the livelihoods of dozens of indigenous Q'eqchí' communities, but also the very roots [...]

Xalalá Dam: Communities maintain opposition as project moves forward

2015-10-12T17:16:15+00:00October 12th, 2015||

The Xalalá Dam, declared a renewed national priority under Otto Pérez Molina's administration, is now one step closer to construction. Late last year, the National Electrification Institute (INDE) bypassed the standard bidding procedure and signed a so-called "emergency contract" with Brazilian company Intertechne Consultores, S.A., to conduct the geological feasibility studies [...]

Victory for communities threatened by the Xalalá dam: Contract for feasibility studies canceled

2019-12-27T18:49:30+00:00June 11th, 2015|Defense of life and territory, Xalalá Dam|

NISGUA's 2014 Rivers for Life speaking tour featured ACODET, an association made up of more than 50 communities whose livelihoods and culture are threatened by the possible construction of the Xalalá dam. During the tour we mobilized our grassroots base to stand in solidarity with impacted communities by calling [...]

Uncertainty around the Xalalá Hydroelectric Project

2019-12-27T18:59:20+00:00March 17th, 2015|Defense of life and territory, Xalalá Dam|

Posted on February 28, 2015 by ACOGUATE Translation by NISGUA On November 7, 2013, the National Electrification Institute (Instituto Nacional de Electrificación, INDE) signed an Emergency Purchase contract with the Brazilian company Intertechne Consultores, S.A. to conduct the geotechnical, seismic, geological and geophysical feasibility studies for the Xalalá dam, [...]

Reflections on the “Rivers for Life: Cultural Resistance to the Xalalá Dam” fall speaking tour

2017-12-08T22:13:43+00:00November 3rd, 2014|Defense of life and territory, Tour|

Tour speaker, Víctor Caal Tzuy, shows NISGUA's Rivers for Life solidarity banner to ACODET members from Las Margaritas Copón. The goals for the 2014 NISGUA speaking tour were much like those which have guided us during our 33 years as a human rights, solidarity organization: amplify Guatemalan voices and [...]

Accusations of anomalies and corruption place contract for Xalalá Dam studies in question

2018-01-12T08:51:59+00:00April 11th, 2014|Xalalá Dam|

Following the "emergency contract" for geological feasibility studies signed between Guatemala's National Electrification Institute (INDE) and Brazilian company Intertechne Consultores S.A. last November, communities organized against the Xalalá Dam publicized the controversial transaction and undertook strategic meetings in Guatemala City to draw attention to the contract. One Congressman and [...]

ACODET denounces attempt to militarize communities opposing Xalalá dam

2019-12-27T18:26:37+00:00March 3rd, 2014|Defense of life and territory, Xalalá Dam|

According to a secret contract signed between Guatemala's National Electrification Institute (INDE) and Brazilian Intertechne Consultores S.A., geological studies necessary to begin construction on the Xalalá dam are to begin in March 2014. Communities organized in defense of territory, who have opposed the dam's construction for years, denounced the [...]

ACODET denuncia un intento de militarizar las comunidades que resisten la construcción de la represa Xalalá

2019-12-27T17:33:42+00:00March 3rd, 2014|defensa del territorio, Represa Xalalá|

Según el contrato firmado secretamente entre el Instituto Nacional de Electrificación (INDE) y la empresa brasileña Intertechne Consultores S.A., los estudios de factibilidad para la represa Xalalá debería comenzar en marzo de 2014. Las comunidades organizadas en defensa de su territorio, que por muchos años han luchado en contra [...]

Pressure to construct Xalalá hydroelectric dam; Local opposition remains strong

2019-12-27T19:02:45+00:00February 18th, 2014|Defense of life and territory, Xalalá Dam|

The following is a summary of an in-depth report published by ACOGUATE on January 22, 2014 and translated by NISGUA. Read the full report, Pressure to Construct Xalalá Hydroelectric Dam; Local Opposition Remains Strong.  Cultivated fields would be flooded by the Xalalá dam. Nearly two years after the Guatemalan [...]