Support for the activists from Honduras
Today the Centre for Environment supported the organization COPINH from Honduras, menaged by Berta Cáceres, an activist for human rights and the environment, which is due to the struggle to defend the river Gualcarque of Agua Zarca dams, killed on March 3, 2016 in her house in Lie Esperanza. With this action, we seek justice for Berta and ask the authorities of Honduras to carry out a thorough and independent investigation about her death and to immediately stop Agua Zarca project, which threatens to endanger the lives of the local population.
Since 2009, Honduras had a rapid development of destructive mega-projects which are displacing native populations and destroy the environment. Almost 30% of the countrys land has been marked for concessions for mining, which led to the need for low-cost energy, which would allow it. To meet this need, the government has approved hundreds of such projects across the country, privatising rivers and land, and eradicating and local communities. Among them was the Agua Zarca hydroelectric joint project of Desarrollos Energeticos SA from Honduras and Chinese Sinohydro company, the world’s largest builder hydropower. Project Agua Zarca on the Gualcarque river was pushed through without consultation with the indigenous population, which is a violation of international agreements related to their rights. The project, if it is to be accomplished, will deny access to water, food and medicine for hundreds of Lenca people, and therefore violate their right to sustainable management and life in their own country.