World Rivers Review, Vol. 20, No. 2 - April 2005

Friday, April 1, 2005

What's Inside:

Sudan: First-hand account of problems arising from a dam under construction on the Nile in Northern Sudan. Page 1

Commentary: International Rivers’s new executive director talks about the movement and International Rivers’s role in it. Page 2

Corruption: The annual report from Transparency International shines a bright light on corruption in the dam construction industries. Page 3

Brazil: A new study analyzes a massive hydro complex proposed for the Xingu River in the Amazon, and finds it economically, environmentally and socially defective. Page 4

Congo: Is the Grand Inga project going to “light up Africa,” or is it merely a grand illusion? Page 6

Day of Action: Highlights from the annual day of celebration and protest for healthy rivers. Page 8

Book Excerpt: A new book by an anthropologist whose long history of working on dams reveals problems with the World Bank’s resettlement approach. Page 10

India: The proposed Tipaimukh Dam is causing anguish upstream and down. Page 11

Iceland: A new national park helps save some of Europe’s largest wilderness. Page 12

Costa Rica: A dam is stopped on the Paquare River. Page 14

Brazil: Serra da Mesa dam is causing serious health problems. Page 14