Assessing Impacts of Deforestation in Itaipu's Dam Watershed in Paraguay

July 2018

by Leonardo Saenz

July 2017

The Itaipu watershed in Paraguay and Brazil

This report presents results from a rapid eco-hydrological assessment to evaluate the impacts of deforestation on the Paraguay section of the Itaipu Dam. Itaipu Binational is one of the most economic and financially efficient hydropower projects in the world (WCD, 2000). However, our assessment qualitatively indicates that recently high deforestation rates in proximity to its multiannual reservoir may have increased substantially the potential amount of soils to be transported to the reservoir.