In May 2012, the World Heritage
Committee of UNESCO, asked the Portuguese government to stop the
construction of the hidroelectric dam at the mouth of the Portuguese
River Tua. Its construction threatens the classified area of the Alto
Douro Wine Region ... but the Portuguese government is still
defending the impossible - that the dam can be made compatible with the
World heritage landscape.
The Tua Dam will be visited by delegation of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in the week of 30th July 2012
Let's say to Portuguese Parliament and the UNESCO World Heritage Committee that we are against the construction of this dam,
which in addition to adversely affecting the our world cultural and
natural heritage, will cause the cost per kWh of electrical energy
production to be more than twice the current average cost of production,
five times greater than just reinforcement of existing dams and twelve
times greater than the implementation of measures for energy efficiency.
Several new dams such as this one could imply a 10% increase in
electricity bills of Portuguese families! The only ones benefiting from
this are EDP (the biggest Portuguese energy corporation) and its
We have no time to lose, please help us to spread and sign the petition BEFORE the 29th july
to stop the dam and save the river Tua, its natural environment and our
common heritage (yes its yours too - its world heritage after all! ).
Its vital to spread the word outside Portugal as international attention
can make a huge difference! We will deliver the petition to the UNESCO
committee when they are here.