READER REPORT:

My precious environment: A river worth a real dam

JANE SHACKEL
Last updated 12:30 19/10/2012
Pacuare River in Costa Rica

NO DEVELOPMENT: Kiwi Jane Shackel will fight for the river she calls home.

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The Pacuare River is in Costa Rica. There are plans to dam this national treasure and the local community is doing its best to fight it.

The river is a place of extreme beauty, ecology and culture. There are indigenous people living in small villages along its banks, primary rainforest, tourism, farming, you name it - this river supports it. The one thing it does not currently support is a hydro-electric dam.

The country does not need another dam and they actually want the power to sell to other Central American nations.

My company, Costa Rica Rios, has been operating out of a small town near the river since 1995. My husband and I have owned it since 2007. We love it here and want to be able to share it with with others for a long time to come.

Not only would our business be affected if this river was dammed, but so would all our local and international employees, the transport companies, the farmers who supply our food, the hotels and their employees, the indigenous people who live there, and all the flora and fauna.

We will do our very best to protect this stunning river and its environs.

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