Manta-Manaus Multimodal Corridor, Ecuador/Peru/Brazil

The titanic project belongs to IRSA plans and despite its numerous financial, environmental and social inadequacies, it is still backed by political elites and national and international companies


The Manta-Manaus multimodal corridor was designed to “connect port city of Manta on Ecuador's Pacific coast with Manaus, a bustling river port in western Brazilian”. The project was developed in 2000 within the IIRSA (Initiative for the Integration of the Regional Infrastructure of South America). The IRSA gathers more than 500 mega-infrastructures projects. The initiative for the multimodal corridor aimed at building and improving an infrastructure for storing and transporting goods (hydrocarbons, agricultural and fishing products, wood and biofuels) along the Amazon.

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Basic Data
NameManta-Manaus Multimodal Corridor, Ecuador/Peru/Brazil
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Infrastructure and Built Environment
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Pollution related to transport (spills, dust, emissions)
Transport infrastructure networks (roads, railways, hydroways, canals and pipelines)
Ports and airport projects
Specific CommoditiesLand
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsThe project included the construction of a 600 km land route from Manta to Francisco de Orellana (Coca), and a 2,860 km river route to Manaus. It also includes the construction of one port and one airport. It was planned to build a huge petrochemical complex in El Aromo, near Manta, that could refine up to 300,000 crude oil barrels per day. The dredging of the Napo river would mean removing 82 million m3 of sediment and transporting them to large pools.
Level of Investment (in USD)800,000,000
Type of PopulationRural
Start Date2006
Company Names or State EnterprisesPetroecuador from Ecuador
Odebrecht Energy Luxembourg (Odebrecht) from Brazil
Petróleo Brasileiro S.A (PETROBRAS) from Brazil
Ekron Construcciones from Ecuador
HPH from China
TIDE S.A. from Ecuador
Serman and Asociados S.A. from Uruguay
CSI Ingenieros from Uruguay
Emepa from Argentina
Hidrovia S.A.
Palmeras de los Andes S.A. from Ecuador
Relevant government actorsMinisterio del Ambiente - Ecuador, Ecuador Government, Brazilian Government, Initiative for the Integration of Regional Infrastructure in South America (IIRSA), Ministerio de Transporte y Obras Publicas - Ecuador, Ministerio de Transportes y Comunicaciones - Peru, Chinese Government, Autoridad Portuaria de Manta - Ecuador, SUFRAMA - Brazil, ZOFRAMA - Ecuador, ZOMANTA - Ecuador, ECORAE - Ecuador, CORPEI - Ecuador, Andine Parliament - Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia
International and Financial InstitutionsCorporación Andina de Fomento (CAF) from Venezuela
Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)
Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social (BNDES) from Brazil
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersAccion Ecologica, CONAIE, Observatorio Ciudadano de Impactos Socio Ambientales del Proyecto Manta-Manaus, Amazon Watch, IUCN - Switzerland, ICAA - USA, Fundacin Pachamama, ECOLEX, COICA, Grupo Faro, MUPP
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)HIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
When did the mobilization beginPREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups MobilizingIndigenous groups or traditional communities
Social movements
Forms of MobilizationDevelopment of a network/collective action
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover
Potential: Floods (river, coastal, mudflow), Food insecurity (crop damage), Genetic contamination, Global warming, Noise pollution, Soil contamination, Soil erosion, Waste overflow, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion
Health ImpactsPotential: Accidents, Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…), Malnutrition, Deaths
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Displacement, Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Violations of human rights, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Potential: Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment
Project StatusUnder construction
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseStrengthening of participation
Under negotiation
Do you consider this as a success?No
Why? Explain briefly.The construction of a part of the project started in 2006 in Ecuador. It stopped a bit later, but it is still planed to continue with it.
Sources and Materials

Convention #169 IOL


Planificacion Territorial Indicativa: Cartera de Proyectos 2009, IIRSA
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IIRSA, Ficha de proyecto, Mejoramiento de la navegabilidad del Rio Napo (tramp Ecuador)
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Informe: Talleres de Exigibilidad de Derechos en relación a IIRSA y la implementación del Eje Multimodal Manta-Manaos en las comunidades de la Cuenca del río Napo, Observatorio Ciudadano, 2009
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Eje Amazonas Manta Manaos, Perspectivas y Opciones, ECOLEX, 2011
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The Manta -Manaos Project : Nature , Capital and plunder, O. Bonilla - Acción Ecológica - Ecuador, May 2010
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La iniciativa para la integracion de la infrastructura regional Sudamericana (IIRSA) en Ecuador desde un enfoque de derechos humanos: el caso del proyecto del eje multimodal Manta-Manaos, Davalos Gonzalez, Tesis de Maestria en Derechos Humanos, Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar, J. G. 2009
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Eje Amazonas Manta - Manaos, UICN, ECOLEX, 2011
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Brasil espera un avance en el proyecto Manta-Manaos por el viaje de Rousseff a Ecuador, Diario las Americas, 21/01/2016
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IIRSA and the Manta-Manaus Corridor, Amazon Watch
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Ecuador y Brasil acuerdan profundizar el comercio, financiamiento e impulsar el Eje Manta-Manaos, El Ciudadano, 26/01/2016
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Ecuador y Brasil analizarán la propuesta "Eje Manta-Manaos", el Tiempo, 30/09/2008
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Media Links

Voces desde el Napo, Bank Information Center
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Manta-Manaos Axis and Amazonia bassin (Google Earth), CEECEC
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Other Documents

Napo River
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Meta Information
ContributorLucie greyl
Last update25/02/2016