Water & Energy Solutions

Spreading the Water Wealth: Making Water Infrastructure Work for the Poor

Monday, March 13, 2006
International Rivers’s first annual "Dams, Rivers and People" report analyzes the links between water and poverty reduction, and argues for new approaches to water management that are pro–poor and environmentally sustainable. The Grim Statistics of Water More than 1 billion people have no access to clean drinking water. More than 2 million children die each year due to dirty water and poor sanitation. Hundreds of millions of small farmers on arid lands are mired in extreme poverty. A Failed Approach The water strategies of the World Bank and most governments focus on large–scale dams and

World Rivers Review – Focus on Renewables – December 2006

A special focus on renewable energy developments around the globe.What's Inside: Africa: A sea-change is needed in getting solar power to Africa.Commentary: A sensible energy future seems far off, and yet we're at the tipping point on a number of technologies.Wind: A look at India's wind energy boom.Microhydro: Lessons learned from around the world.China: A new push for renewables and efficiency is wide, but is it deep?Nepal: After defeating a major dam project, local energy activists and engineers have taken Nepal into a more sustainable direction.US: A renewable future for the US is achi

Renewables Yes! Big Hydro No!

Tuesday, June 1, 2004
This summary of the report, “Twelve Reasons to Exclude Large Hydro from Renewables Initiatives,” has been prepared for distribution at the International Conference for Renewable Energies, Bonn, June 2004. This summary has been endorsed by 247 groups and networks in 61 countries. Funds to reduce the climatic and other environmental impacts of energy production and consumption, to advance sustainable development, and to increase energy security should be used for the promotion of “new renewables.” The most important “new renewables” are modern biomass, geothermal, wind, solar, ma

A Geothermal Development Guide for Uganda

Saturday, January 1, 2005
Executive Summary Despite the enormous geothermal potential in Uganda, harnessing of this resource potential has for some been an issue of contention in the country. The major reasons that have hindered the development of the resource have mainly been the cost of geothermal development in relation to the cost of large hydropower, the lack of political will on the side of government and to some extent the environmental concerns related to the development of resource. Government of Uganda has for some time expressed interest of developing this resource potential although, for several decades thi

Beyond Dams: Options & Alternatives

Saturday, May 1, 2004
By design, dams alter the natural flow regime, and with it virtually every aspect of a river ecosystem, including water quality, sediment transport and deposition, fish migrations and reproduction, and riparian and floodplain habitat and the organisms that rely on this habitat. The purpose of this report is to provide stakeholders and decision–makers with an overview of low–impact and non–structural alternatives to dams. It is designed as a reference for anyone interested in exploring options for replacing a function served by an existing dam or replacing a function to be served by a dam

12 Reasons to Exclude Large Hydro from Renewables Initiatives

Tuesday, June 1, 2004
Eradicating poverty and reducing global warming are two of the biggest challenges facing the world in the 21st century. The urgent need to address these challenges has led to many initiatives to promote renewable energies. While the aim of these efforts should be strongly supported, they could be counterproductive if – as the large hydro industry is advocating – they are turned into instruments to promote hydropower megaprojects.


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