Studies That Don´t Hold Water

Monday, January 1, 2007
Summary by FOE Amazonia and International Rivers of 30 problems with the Madeira dams´ EIA identified by independent experts

Brazil gives Amazon dams go-ahead

Tuesday, July 10, 2007
The Madeira River projects have divided opinion even within government and in recent years have been one of the most environmentally sensitive issues. The river is said to have one of the most diverse fish stocks in the world. Environmentalists fear they could be threatened by the development of the dams costing billions of dollars. Such have been the sensitivities surrounding this decision that Brazil's environmental agency Ibama took two years to reach this initial conclusion and even now has attached 33 conditions to the project. The project still needs final approval befor

Rio Madeira Vivo

Thursday, October 11, 2007
The Brazilian government is planning a series of large hydroelectric dams on the Amazon's principal tributary, the Madeira River. These dams will cause enormous environmental impacts, and activists are mobilizing to argue against their construction.

A Amazônia Sob Ameaça: Represamento Do Rio Madeira

Thursday, October 11, 2007
A Amazônia está sob ameaça. O governo brasileiro está planejando construir duas imponentes represas em um dos seus mais importantes tributários, o rio Madeira. Os projetos ameaçariam a biodiversidade única do rio, destruindo o habitat de peixes, golfinhos, papagaios e diversas espécies de mamíferos, e afetariam as terras e o sustento de milhares de moradores das margens dos rios, além das comunidades indígenas. O rio Madeira e a diversidade de vidas que ele sustenta poderiam ser gravemente afetados. Mas ainda não é muito tarde. Com a sua ajuda podemos mostrar ao governo brasileiro

Environmental Impacts of Tucuruí Dam

Monday, January 1, 2001
Philip M. Fearnside (2001) "Environmental Impacts of Brazil’s Tucuruí Dam: Unlearned Lessons for Hydroelectric Development in Amazonia," Environmental Management 27:3.

Citizen Science Supports a Healthy Mekong

Thai-Karen ethnic villagers along Thai-Burma border conducted community  research on the Salween using Thai Baan research methods. Here, a local boy demonstrates the size of one of the Mekong’s giant fish species.
Monday, December 3, 2012
From December 2012 World Rivers Review Mapping the Mekong: In 2011, villagers mapped fishing grouds, river-bank farmland, river morphology and sub-ecosystems. Photo TERRA The Mekong is not a one-size-fits-all river. One of Asia’s longest rivers, it begins in Tibet and flows through China, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Ask someone in one of these countries how they depend on the Mekong River, and you will get a unique answer that reflects the local realities of the village, city, or culture you are visiting. More than 60 million people live and work here. For the poorest vill

India’s Dammed Rivers Suffer Fisheries Collapse

Monday, December 3, 2012
It may surprise many that India is second in the world in freshwater fish production. More than 75% of fisherfolk in India depend on freshwater fisheries for their livelihoods. Though there is no systematic assessment of livelihood dependence on rivers, nearly 11 million Indians depend on rivers for their livelihoods and nutrition.

Ongoing Problems Faced by Communities Affected by Nam Song and Nam Leuk Dams

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Oct. 24, 2012 Anthony Jude, Director Energy Division, Southeast Asia Department Asian Development Bank 6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines Re: Nam Song and Nam Leuk Hydropower Projects, Lao PDR Dear Mr. Jude, I am writing to follow up on the implementation of the Nam Song-Nam Leuk Environmental Mitigation Plan and review missions conducted by the ADB. In March 2012, an International Rivers’ consultant conducted a site visit to eight villages affected by the Nam Song Dam and three villages affected by the Nam Leuk Dam to assess the state of the mitigation plans. In light of

Rivers and Dams Roundup for World Water Week

Fish market on the Mekong
The theme for this year’s World Water Week is Water and Food Security, which means that many – particularly within the dam industry – will be calling for more dams to provide water storage and energy. Dams, and particularly multi-purpose dams (which are meant to provide some combination of electricity, water supply and flood control), are “back in fashion”

The Salween River Basin

Friday, May 25, 2012
From its headwaters in the Tibetan Plateau to its estuary in Burma, the Salween River supports over ten million people. For many decades, it was the longest free-flowing river in Southeast Asia. It sustains rich fisheries and farmlands central to the lives of many indigenous communities living along its banks. However, large dam cascades in China and Burma are being planned in complete secrecy, with no participation from affected communities and no analysis of the cumulative impacts or seismic risks of these projects.


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