Senace criticizes the Hidrovia project, again
11 March 2019
On March 6, Senace (Servicio Nacional de Certificación Ambiental para las Inversiones Sostenibles) issued a new notification declaring that the Ennvironmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the controversial Hidrovia project was void on procedural grounds. The EIA had failed to engage properly with the indigenous communities likely to be affected.
Cohidro, the company seeking to develop the Hidrovia, had urged Senace to reconsider its early judgement issued at the end of December. The latest decision by Senace also extends to the Organización Regional de Pueblos Indígenas del Oriente (ORPIO) the right to be consulted about the project.
Cohidro can either appeal the decision within a tight (15-day) time limit or submit a new EIA.
The Technological University of Lima (Utec) has followed through on its critical report with a cartoon video to explain the implications of the project to a wider audience.
So far Peruvian civil society organisations have mounted an effective communications campaign against this, the latest Amazonian megaproject. It remains to be seen whether it will be sufficient to counteract the powerful infrastructure lobby represented by heavyweights such as COSIPLAN, the South American Council of Infrastructure and Planning, Proinversión and the Ministry of Transport and Communications itself.