Hydro Power Plants as Disputed Infrastructures in Latin America
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SustainabilityDevelopmentHydroelectric power stationsStrategyWater conflictsEnergy production
Hernández-Gutiérrez, J.C.; Peña-Ramos, J.A.; Espinosa, V.I. Hydro Power Plants as Disputed Infrastructures in Latin America. Water 2022, 14, 277. [https://doi.org/10.3390/w14030277]
Non-violent methods can strongly support achieving the 2030 Agenda of sustainable development goals, increasing energy efficiency and access in the poorest countries. However, hydroelectric power stations are disputed strategic elements in any region of the world. This paper analyzes, firstly, the role of hydroelectric power stations as elements that have been generating conflicts in Latin America in the period 1982–2018 and, secondly, the conflicts themselves. The results show that indigenous peoples face the most significant risks from constructing dams and, consequently, they are the primary opponents of hydroelectric projects.