International Law and the Diquis Dam

Map A large hydropower dam, Diquis, is being proposed for southern Costa Rica. This dam would affect both indigenous and non-indigenous communities. The Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA) and the Environmental and Natural Resource Law Center (CEDARENA) contracted the Conservation Clinic to review international laws and recommendations that deal with forced resettlement of communities and environmental protection, and evaluate whether the proposal for the Diquis dam complies with these international instruments. The final report will continue to be refined over the next few months with the expectation that it will be submitted to the Costa Rican Constitutional Court as an amicus brief to support a petition filed with the Court in early 2009 that argues constitutional rights have been violated in the development of the dam project.

Resources:

Patterson, Kendra (University of Florida); Needelman, Heather (University of Florida); Di Lucca, Stefano (University of Costa Rica). “The Proposed PH Diquís and Its Compliance with International Law.”

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