Save Amazon River Tributary

Napo_River_by_MusikAnimal

Target: Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador

Goal: Prevent construction of 19 dams along the Napo River.

The Napo River watershed, an essential part of the Amazon River, is in danger of being sealed off. Upcoming construction projects plan to build 19 dams along the waterway, which forms one of the only river corridors of the Amazon Basin. Currently, the Napo River is free-flowing, but these dams, to be constructed in Ecuador, would segment this body of water.

Located in Ecuador, the Napo River lies on the flanks of several east Andean volcanoes. It is a massive river, totaling 668 miles in length. This large stretch of land and water is home to multiple ecosystems, both aquatic and terrestrial. The area is largely undiscovered, meaning experts can only speculate as to the plant and animal species that dwell within. Several research trips have been made in recent years, with each one identifying new forms of life. The proposed construction projects would ruin these ecosystems, and rob scientists of the chance to study undiscovered species.

The Napo River also hosts the pink river dolphin, a rare and beautiful animal that is already rapidly disappearing. The dolphins rely on the river for food and shelter. These animals need plenty of space to travel and hunt, and damming the river would segment populations and severely limit the dolphins’ mobility. The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists the species as “data deficient,” meaning not enough information is known about these creatures to form an accurate idea of their numbers. It would be a devastating blow to see these creatures go extinct before their numbers and lifestyle can be properly studied.

The Napo River is essential to the overall health of the Amazon Basin, and the construction projects could have devastating environmental impacts. The Amazon area already faces deforestation, pollution, and excessive hunting; adding another hazard is simply irresponsible. Sign the petition below and add your support to the efforts to block these construction projects.

PETITION LETTER:

The Napo River watershed is in danger of being sealed off. Upcoming construction projects plan to build 19 dams along the waterway, which forms one of the only river corridors of the Amazon Basin. Currently, the Napo River is free-flowing, but these dams, to be constructed in Ecuador, would segment this body of water. The Napo River is essential to the overall health of the Amazon Basin, and the construction projects could have devastating environmental impacts. The Amazon area already faces deforestation, pollution, and excessive hunting; adding another hazard is simply irresponsible.

This massive river is still largely undiscovered. Several research trips have been made in recent years, with each one identifying new forms of life. The proposed construction projects would ruin these ecosystems, and rob scientists of the chance to study undiscovered species. The Napo River also hosts the pink river dolphin, a rare and beautiful animal that is already rapidly disappearing. The dolphins rely on the river for food and shelter. These animals need plenty of space to travel and hunt, and damming the river would segment populations and severely limit the dolphins’ mobility. I urge you to please cancel these construction projects and protect this invaluable river.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: MusikAnimal

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