In 2009 the Ecuadorian government announced the beginning of the Chone Multi-purpose Project in coastal province of Manabi. This project, first conceived since the late '70s, encompasses several infrastructure works included a dam in the Rio Grande. This latter project would flood some 6,000 ha of farmland and cause the displacement of up to 2,500 peasant families . According to the Ecuadorian government the project is aimed at protecting the city of Chone from flooding. However, comuneros argue that the proposed dam rather than avoiding the periodic floods, it will cause more problems as the ground is not suitable for the construction of any large-scale infrastructure. Moreover, they argue that there are other options more effective and with less social impacts.