Sao Paulo - A federal judge has suspended construction work on a massive dam in the heart of Brazil's Amazon rainforest.
Judge Souza Prudente said in a statement that work can only resume on the $11bn, 11 000MW Belo Monte Dam after the indigenous communities living in the area are consulted.
The dam has been condemned by environmentalists and Indian rights activists that say it'll devastate wildlife and the livelihoods of 40 000 people who live in the area to be flooded.
The government says it will be a source of clean, renewable energy, and that it will help fuel the country's economy.
The dam would be the world's third largest when completed on the Xingu River that feeds the Amazon.
Calls to the Norte Energia consortium that is building the dam went unanswered.