The Koukoutamba Dam

Guinea is planning to build a 294 MW dam right in the middle of the newly created Moyen Bafing National Park. It is predicted that the dam will kill up to 1,500 chimpanzees.

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Impact on People

In addition to killing chimpanzees, the dam will displace 8,700 people. The dam will flood an area double size of San Francisco. In the flood path are many mosques, sacred sites of the Foulani and the minority Djalonke people living in the area.

 

Water levels downstream of the dam will also drop drastically and the speed of the river will increase ten-fold, greatly impacting those people who depend upon this river for their livelihoods.

Sinohydro

Guinea has given the contract for building the dam to Sinohydro – a Chinese owned company ineligible for World Bank-financed funding because they had been sanctioned under the Bank's fraud and corruption policy. Sinohydro is also the same company that is building a hydroelectric dam in northern Sumatra that may wipe out a species of Orangutan. This company was previously criticized by United Nations when authorities at the Merowe Dam Sinohydro were constructing in Sudan “unexpectedly closed the dam’s gates and began filling its reservoir” without prior warning to the people. More than 100 families were forced to flee their homes.

Sinohydro

Guinea has given the contract for building the dam to Sinohydro – a Chinese owned company ineligible for World Bank-financed funding because they have been sanctioned under the Bank's fraud and corruption policy. Sinohydro is also the same company that is building a hydroelectric dam in northern Sumatra that may wipe out a species of Orangutan. This company was previously criticized by United Nations when authorities at the Merowe Dam Sinohydro were constructing in Sudan “unexpectedly closed the dam’s gates and began filling its reservoir” without prior warning to the people. More than 100 families were forced to flee their homes.

China EXIM Bank

China Exim Bank is the bank that is slated to finance the dam

How Can I Help?

Please see click below to add your name to a petition to the Organisation pour la mise en valeur du fleuve Sénégal and the President of Guinea, and China Exim Bank asking them to consider alternative power sources such as solar, to search for an alternative location for the dam if hydroelectricity is the only option.