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Welcome To The Amazon Dams Network

The Amazon Dams Network (ADN) is an interdisciplinary group of researchers, students, and various stakeholders collaboratively studying the interconnected set of social-ecological effects of hydroelectric dam and associated infrastructure construction and operation across the Amazon.

National Science Foundation Research Coordination Network

The ADN is connecting scientists and stakeholders to assess social-ecological effects of hydroelectric dams across the Amazon. Our new NSF-funded “Amazon Dams Network” supports co-production of knowledge on the social-ecological effects of Amazon dams.

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ADN: Mongabay Reporting Network

Giant catfish are among the most important commercial fishes in the Amazon Basin. A new study suggests that their sensitive life cycle may be interrupted by dams in their last remaining refuge on the Madeira River.

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Welcome To The Amazon Dams Network

Read more about our mission and framework.

Group at Lajeado Dam Tocantins

The ADN aims to foster learning from previous experiences of dam implementation in the US and elsewhere, through systemic and adaptive management approaches.

 In the US, the ADN is hosted in the Tropical Conservation and Development Program in the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida. It also partners with the USGS Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program (GCDAMP).

 In Brazil, ADN leaders are at the Amazonian Universities Federal University of Rondônia (UNIR) and Federal University of Tocantins (UFT).

ADN International Symposium
March 30th, 2015

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The ADN mission is to build capacity for the advancement of inter- and transdisciplinary research on the social-ecological impacts of hydroelectric dam construction in the Amazon. The network aims to synthesize and share lessons learned from hydroelectric dam  implementation in the Amazon and the United States focusing on an adaptive management approach within the complex social-ecological systems (SES) theory.

Our Network

Below you’ll find an interactive map locating the members of the Amazon Dams Network
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  • Ecuadorian Rivers Institute
  • Harvard
  • Ibama Palmas
  • IFTO
  • INPA
  • International Rivers
  • Investco/Biolex
  • Naturatins
  • Porto Velho Municipality
  • Prefeitura Porto Nacional
  • Ruraltins
  • University of Arizona
  • UFAM
  • USGS
  • Unemat Alta Floresta
  • University of Florida
  • UNIR
  • École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales
  • AIDA Americas
  • Acqua Consultoria Ambiental Ltda
  • Amazon Watch
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Ação Ecológica Guaporé
  • Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuaria
  • Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
  • Florida International University
  • Secretaria do Meio Ambiente e Desenvolvimento Sustentavel
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Ministerio Publico do Parana
  • Instituto Centro de Vida
  • Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora
  • Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  • Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso
  • Universidade Federal do Pará
  • Universidade Federal de Roraima
  • Universidade Federal de Vicosa
  • Universidade de Brasilia
  • University of Louisville
  • United States Agency for International Development
  • Universidade de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
  • VERTHIC Environmental Consulting
  • Virginia Tech University
Dams > 10 MW
  • Agro Trafo
  • Agua Limpa
  • Antônio Brennand (Antiga Alto Jauru)
  • Areia
  • Balbina
  • Baruíto
  • Boa Sorte
  • Bocaiúva
  • Braço Norte II
  • Braço Norte III
  • Braço Norte IV
  • Cachoeira
  • Canoa Quebrada
  • Casca III
  • Cidezal
  • Coaracy Nunes
  • Curuá-Una
  • Cidezal
  • Coaracy Nunes
  • Curuá-Una
  • Dardanelos
  • Divisa
  • Engenheiro José Gelásio da Rocha
  • Estreito
  • Faxinal II
  • Figueirópolis
  • Garganta da Jararaca
  • Graça Brennand (Antiga Terra Santa)
  • Guaporé
  • Ilha Comprida
  • Indiavaí
  • Isamu Ikeda
  • Itiquira (Casas de Forças I e II)
  • Jauru
  • Jirau
  • Juba I
  • Juba II
  • Lagoa Grande
  • Luís Eduardo Magalhães (Lajeado)
  • Manso
  • Maracanã
  • Ombreiras
  • Pampeana
  • Paranatinga II
  • Parecis
  • Peixe Angical
  • Pitinga
  • Ponte de Pedra
  • Porto Franco
  • Primavera
  • Rondon
  • Rondon II
  • Rondonópolis
  • Sacre 2
  • Salto
  • Salto Buriti
  • Salto Corgão
  • Salto Curuá
  • Salto Três de Maio
  • Samuel
  • Santa Cruz de Monte Negro
  • Santa Gabriela
  • Santana I
  • Santo Antônio
  • Santo Antônio do Jari
  • São Lourenço (Antiga Zé Fernando)
  • São Salvador
  • São Tadeu I
  • Sapezal
  • Segredo
  • Sete Quedas Alta
  • Telegráfica
  • Tucuruí I e II

Geographic focus

The geographical focus includes the Tocantins, Madeira and Xingu River watersheds in the Amazon, and the Colorado River watershed in the US, specifically focusing on the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program (GCDAMP).

Our Team

The ADN initial group of participants includes researchers from diverse fields, representatives from governmental and non-governmental institutions, and underrepresented social groups from the US, Brazil, Bolivia and Peru.

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