Panamanian authorities are going ahead with the construction of a controversial hydroelectric project in Barro Blanco, a border area with Costa Rica.

The project is controversial because it has received opposition from local indigenous populations – namely the Ngöbe-Buglé – and the civil society. This has led to clashes with authorities since 2013.

Despite the protests, the authorities have said they need to go ahead with the plans due to the loans provided by international banks which amount to about $78.3m.

The project will have a total combined capacity of 28.4 MW.