Last update:
2016-04-15

Chiloé wind power project in Mapuche territory, Chile

Indigenous and rural communities of Chiloé claiming proper consultation and implementation of a wind power project in their territory


Description:

Since 2010, the Chilean-Swedish company Ecopower has attempted to install the Chiloé Wind Power Project in the Ancud commune, Chiloé archipelago. The project encompasses 42 windmills with a total installed capacity of 100.8 MW, expecting to operate during 25 years to supply electricity to the Interconnected Central System of Chile. The project is to be deployed throughout 1,000 ha of the Quilo-Mar Brava area, affecting approximately 5,000 people, including Huilliches groups, which are part of the Mapuche people.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Chiloé wind power project in Mapuche territory, Chile
Country:Chile
State or province:Chiloé archipielago, Acnud commune
Location of conflict:Los Rios region
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Land acquisition conflicts
Windmills
Specific commodities:Land
Electricity
Project Details and Actors
Project details

42 windmills with 2.4 MW of power each one.

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Project area:1,000
Level of Investment:250,000,000
Type of populationRural
Affected Population:5,000
Start of the conflict:01/01/2010
Company names or state enterprises:Ecopower from Chile - Developer
Relevant government actors:Corte Suprema de Santiago
Corte de Apelaciones de Puerto Montt
Servicio de Evaluación Ambiental
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Consejo de Comunidades Williches del Archipiélago de Chiloé
CECPAN Centro de Estudio y Conservación del Patrimonio Natural
Centro de Conservación Cetácea
Asociación Indígena Wiñoi Newen
Comunidad Williche de Aucaco
Comunidad Williche de Quilo
Comunidad Histórica Autónoma de Weketrumao
Junta de Vecinos de Calle
Área de Manejo Mar Brava
Eco Turismo Puñihuil
Agrupación Cultural El Rodezno
Movimiento de Defensa del Borde Costero, el Agua y la Vida de Ancud
Pensar Chiloé
Consejo de Defensa del Archipiélago de Chiloé
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityLOW (some local organising)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Local ejos
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Ethnically/racially discriminated groups
Mapuche communities
Fisher people
Forms of mobilization:Involvement of national and international NGOs
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Objections to the EIA
Refusal of compensation
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Other Environmental impacts
Potential: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Food insecurity (crop damage), Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity
Other Environmental impactsDamage to coastal areas
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Specific impacts on women, Violations of human rights
Potential: Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures
Outcome
Project StatusPlanned (decision to go ahead eg EIA undertaken, etc)
Conflict outcome / response:Court decision (victory for environmental justice)
Court decision (undecided)
Under negotiation
New Environmental Impact Assessment/Study
Project temporarily suspended
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain:Local organization managed to adjourn the Project twice in order to have a new EIA and consultation processes. However there are still some Mapuche communities against the implementation of the Project: they were not consulted and they do not want to negotiate with Ecopower. Recent news indicate that judicial activism by these communities is ongoing.
Sources & Materials
Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

Expansion energética en chiloe. Expansión energética en Chiloé 21 de March, 2016.
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Como No debe desarrollarse un proyecto energético sustentable: Parque Eólico Chiloé

por Jaime Velásquez C. (Chiloé, Chile). Publicado el 17 agosto, 2014. Piensa Chile Blog.
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Estudio de Impacto Ambiental. "PARQUE EOLICO CHILOE". ECOPOWER S.A.C
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Fütawilliamapu: epacio Mapuche Williche en Internet: La oposición Mapuche Williche al proyecto Parque Eólico Chiloé,
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Comunicado sobre los alegatos de los recursos de protección presentados ante la corte de apelaciones En contra del servicio de evaluación ambiental y el proyecto parque eólico Chiloé.
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Mapuexpress, Colectivo de comunicación mapuche: Amplio rechazo tras aprobación ambiental de Parque Eólico Chiloé,
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Ecopower web page with information from radio pudeto. Preocupación de comunidad huilliche por intervención de conchales Mar Brava
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

Ecopower-Parque eólico chiloé
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Contributor:Sofía Ávila-Calero
Last update15/04/2016
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