by Amanda Froelich
February 05, 2018
Private companies such as
Nestlé are allegedly in the
process of privatizing the largest reserve of water, known as the
Guarani Aquifer, in South America.
The aquifer is located beneath
the surface of,
...and is the
second largest-known aquifer system in the world.
Reported by Correio do Brasil the major transnational conglomerates
are "striding forward" with their negotiations to privatize the
Meetings have already been reserved with authorities
of the current government, such as
Michel Temer, to outline
procedures required for private companies to exploit the water
The concession contracts will last
more than 100 years...
The first public conversation about this dilemma was scheduled on
the same day the process of voting for the impeachment of President
Dilma Rousseff was opened.
As Central Politico reports,
"This coincidence was
fatal for the adjournment of the meeting."
"There must be another list of projects to be granted or privatized
in the medium term, with auctions that may occur in up to one year,
such as Eletrobras energy distributors and freshwater sources," adds
the news site, translated via Google from Portuguese.
This issue extends beyond South America, as all humans will be
affected by the decision to privatize the second-largest aquifer
system in the world.
Essentially, the corporations are profiting off
a natural resource that should be freely available to all.
Under the Guarani Aquifer Project's Environmental Protection and
Sustainable Development Project, known as ANA's Guarani Aquifer
Project (SAG), the aquifer would be managed and preserved for
present and future generations.
Following the conservatives' victory
in Argentina and the coup d'état, pressed for by the ultra right in
Paraguay and Brazil, only Uruguay was left to vote on the
privatization of the aquifer.
Approximately two-thirds (1.2 million km²) of the reserve is located
in Brazilian territory, specifically in the states of,
Grosso do Sul
Rio Grande do Sul
Future generations will ultimately suffer if this
deal goes through, which is why human rights organizations around
the world are getting involved.
"Organized civil society is alert to possible privatization
strategies of transnational economic groups.
Since 2003, the
Organization of American States (OAS) and the World Bank, through
the Global Environment Facility (GEF), have implemented the
Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development project to
gather and develop research on the Guarani Aquifer, with the
objective of implementing a common institutional, legal and
technical model for MERCOSUR countries," says a document from the
Human Rights Organization Terra de Direitos.
Nothing will change if we, as a populace,
sit idly by and watch
greedy individuals exploit the environment and snatch precious
resources from present and future generations...