The Xalalá Dam: A comprehensive timeline

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 of their culture. Given the […]

Xalalá Dam: Communities maintain opposition as project moves forward

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 required to begin the dam […]