Norway-Guyana forest aid slated for investment in hydro dam
The government of Guyana plans to spend most of the Norwegian forest climate aid it will receive during 2010-11 on the Amaila Falls hydropower project, a dam to be built deep in the Amazon rainforest.
Norwegian officials insist this is not a done deal. But President Bharrat Jagdeo has staked much personal prestige in Amaila, a decades-old project that has eluded successive Guyanase governments.
Meanwhile, environmental impact expert Robert Goodland warns that Amaila could be the first stage in a much larger hydropower and aluminum production complex.