Request to the Coordinator for the protection of the natural resources of the Comarca
By this means the 10 of April M10 Movement gathered from the 28 of March of the 2011 to a side of the Inter-American Highway by reasons for Action of protest against the un-consulted advance of the hydroelectric project Barro Blanco of the company GENISA which from the day 18 of March burst in to the River Tabasará with their machinery which has devastated the rocky bed of the river and has started to initiate the deflection of the river by means of mechanical drill.
We request to the coordinator in the table of dialog to elevate the urgent situation before the ad hoc commission.
We request the presence of the Minister of Government Roxana Mendez before the situation and the point of the conflict.
We call upon the cease of activities and exit of the machinery of the point of conflict.
These points are necessary to initiate the dialog table since the agreement signed by the President of the Republic has been violated in point two on the water resources of the region. This specific point that the works which affect the Comarca and the peasant sector will cease has been violated.
It’s worthy to indicate that the Environmental impact Assessment of the project only has validity for two years and expired in May of the 2010 so therefore the works that realizes company GENISA is outside the law.
It’s important to stress that the indigenous communities and farmers in the margins of the River Tabasará have not been taken into account for the public forum. They only distributed fliers in Tolé town and not thus in the communities affected by the project.
That when finding out of the celebration of this transcendental meeting the communities appeared at the event doors and were refused the entrance in violation of all norm of human rights. But when seeing that they were so many finally they were allowed the entrance but saying to them that to this was an informal meeting without binding terms.
We request that an investigation begin in all the points because we considered that the rights of the Ngäbe community and farmers have been violated.
It is also informed that the works have begun without taking into account the indigenous Ngäbe and farming communities that will be flooded in direct manner through the formation of a lake which will flood their lands, homes, schools, churches and communities.
Its worthy to indicate that the exuberant gallery forest will be lost with some centennial trees that counts with including endemic species (that are unique in the world) as an example the blue rain frog of the Tabasará Craugastor tabasarae that only inhabits these next to be flooded forests in the world, in extreme danger of extinction.
It has not been mentioned the loss of biodiversity of the river including the diádromos fish (of the word “di” or two in Latin) that is that inhabit both environments, the marine estuaries and the high river basins ex. the “boca chica’ or the small mouth and the “lisa” smooth ones where it fulfills its vital cycle and it comprises important part of the diet of the Ngäbe people, which will cease to exist while there is the physical obstacle of the dam or will die sliced by the blades of the turbines.
There exist other varieties of fish, shrimps and aquatic life that only survive in water in movement which will perish in the dam for lack of oxygen.
That the dam initially will produce 28MW by means of its dam level of 103 meters. But that will be able to rise successively to the level of 160meters flooding 6000 hectares to produce up to 220MW. By raising it to 220 meters, it would flood 10.000 hectares.
That the original idea of the Tabasará 1 and 2 dams was conceived to provide energy to the ominous mining project with Colorado Hill. But it was cancelled by General Omar Torrijos who in solemn promise before indigenous authorities to retire these projects if these were not the desire of the indigenous communities.
That due to its great historical, natural and cultural importance, we ask that the River Tabasará and its river basin be declared as natural and cultural, hydrological heritage of the Ngäbe Bugle Region and the Republic of Panama.
Therefore if we do not obtain an answer we will remain in the established point.
Given in the city of Tolé the 2 of April of 2011
By the Movement M10 de Abril for the Defense of the Tabasara
Secretary Leo Arenas
CC: Competent authorities’