Redlar, the Latin American Network against dams and rivers, their communities and water, is an initiative of organizations that care about the well-being of their communities and the sovereignty over their waters.
A brief history…
The Network is made up of more than 250 members of social, indigenous, environmental, human rights, women’s organizations, networks, fronts, and movements of 18 Latin American countries, which involve more than one million people. It was incorporated in São Paulo, Brazil, on the occasion of several Latin American organizations meeting at the Regional Consultation convened by the World Commission on Dams on August 12 and 13, 1999 in the city of São Paulo, Brazil.
In March 2000, there was a proposal from CENSAT Agua Viva – FoEI Colombia to convene a Network Meeting taking advantage of an event on forests, hydroelectric plants, reservoirs, dams, water megaprojects in Bogota. It was not possible due to economic difficulties, but several members of the Network carried out an International Mission to the territories of the indigenous peoples of the Embera Katío (Urrá dam) and the Uwa (Oxydental oil well) composed of Monti Aguirre (International Rivers Network), Esperanza Martinez (Oilwatch International, Ecuador), Alvaro Gonzalez (World Rainforest Movement, Uruguay), Beatriz Silvero (Survival – Friends of the Earth, Paraguay), Bettina Reiss (German Coordination for Human Rights in Colombia), Aresio Valiente (General Congress Cuna and Pueblo Tule, Panama), Cristobal Vargas (Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities, Ecuador), Alberto Achito (National Indigenous Organization of Colombia -ONIC), Cirineu da Rocha (MAB-Brazil), and Jorge Cappato (Coalition Rios Vivos, Argentina).
The second REDLAR meeting was held in Posadas, Province of Misiones, Argentina from July 11-13, 2002, organized by the Rios Vivos Coalition, the MAB, Barragens Movement and the RAE (Network of Ecological Missions Associations). (See Declaration of Inns).
On the occasion of the Second International Meeting of Those Affected by Dams and their Allies from November 28 to December 4, 2003 in Rasi Salai, Thailand, the delegations present in Latin America met and resolved a series of actions to advance in a work set in the region.
The Network was strengthened and reached its III Meeting in Cubulco, in Colonia El Naranjo, Municipality of Cubulco, Department of Baja Verapaz, Guatemala, from October 17 to 22, 2005. The Organizing Committee was in charge of the Community Coordinator Affected by the Chixoy COCAHICH Dam, Movement Two Ated by Barrangens (Mab-Brazil), Ecological Workshop (Argentina), Coordinator of the Indigenous Peoples of Honduras (COPINH), Rights in Action (Guatemala), Center for Economic and Political Research of Acción Comunitaria (CIEPAC-Mexico), Censat Agua Viva (Colombia) and International Rivers Network (USA).
More than 420 delegates from different villages in 25 countries and 112 peasant, indigenous, social, human rights, environmentalists, NGOs, Catholic and evangelical churches, networks, fronts, movements, alternative media organizations met. , indigenous nations and community representatives, met to analyze, discuss and build alliances and strategies to face threats to our rivers, communities and waters and specifically; Consolidate the Network and its operational aspects (coordination, website, etc.); Analyze integration initiatives such as Plan Puebla Panamá and IIRSA, their relationship with the Free Trade Agreements, and their role in promoting the construction of dams; Analyze the policy of governments in these initiatives and their role as promoters of dams; Perform an updated mapping of international, regional and national financial institutions and companies that support the construction of dams; Evaluation of the struggles in the region, successes and failures; Development of common strategies towards a Continental Action Plan; Development of a regional agenda; and Strengthen the fight for justice and reparation for survivors of massacres, forced evictions, and other damages that occurred due to the construction of the Chixoy dam.
The IV REDLAR Meeting was held in July 2008 in the Sinú River Valley, in Santa Cruz de Lorica, Colombia, being the hosts, ASPROCIG, Assembly of Producers for Community Development of the Ciénaga Grande del Bajo Sinú, CENSAT Agua Viva and the Cabildos Mayores Pueblo Embera Katio.