21 MW Hydroelectric Project Suspended

In Honduras, the company in charge of the controversial Agua Zarca project has announced the decision about its future as a "goodwill gesture that will help reduce tension and facilitate a solution".

Monday, July 10, 2017

From a statement issued by the hydroelectric company Agua Zarca:
 
Tegucigalpa, July 6, 2017. Hydropower Agua Zarca announced today its decision to suspend the hydroelectric project. This is a gesture of goodwill that will help to reduce tension and facilitate a solution regarding the future of this clean and renewable energy initiative.
 
Consistent with its values, regardless of the degree of disagreement that may exist, Agua Zarca will never impose a project on a community. With this, Agua Zarca Hydroelectric station would like to respectfully ask the communities in the area of influence of the project about their decision about the future of the initiative and to decide what options they have for its development.
 
Agua Zarca is committed to accepting the decision of the communities, hoping that the dialogue will be voluntary, transparent and free of external influences, as well as convened and guided by a respectable international organization, with the capacity, mandate and experience needed for this task.



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