Affected People

Impasses and Controversies of Hydroelectricity

Monday, February 19, 2007
Article by Célio Bermann in the journal of the Institute for Advanced Studies of the University of São Paulo

Hidrelétricas no Brasil

Tucuruí Dam, Brazilian Amazon
Brasil e uma das nações do mundo que mais construí barragens, e está altamente dependente em hidroeletricidade, com 80% da sua energia elétrica proveniente de grandes represas. Apesar de novas iniciativas para diversificar as suas fontes de geração de energia elétrica, as agencias de planejamento de energia e as industrias seguem pressionando pela grande expansão da geração de hidroeletricidade no Brasil, argumentando que isso seja crucial para a economia do país crescer. Enquanto os críticos das hidrelétricas recomendam maneiras mais apropriadas e menos destrutivas de gerar ene

Letter to Industrial and Commercial Bank of China regarding to Gibe 3 project

Monday, June 1, 2015
Mr. Jiang Jianqing Chairman and Executive Director, ICBC No.55 FuXingMenNei Street, Xicheng District Beijing 100140, China May 13 2015 Concerns regarding ICBC involvement in Gibe 3 Hydropower Project (Ethiopia) Dear Mr. Jiang Jianqing, International Rivers is an international environmental organization, which works to protect rivers and the communities that depend on them. On behalf of the organization, we would like to again express our concern about the Gibe 3 Hydropower project in Ethiopia, and share with you some information and briefing from our organization regarding the social and

Greed and Resistance in Sarawak’s Rainforest

Will dams flood out Sarawak's indigenous cultures?
A corrupt clique is turning Sarawak's rainforest into a monoculture of oil palms and reservoirs. A new book documents the greed, the corruption and the resistance by indigenous peoples.

Nam Theun 2 Affected Villagers Put Illusions of the ‘Model Project’ in Doubt

Women living downstream report they get severe rashes when using the highly turbid river water for household needs, and that they can no longer rely on riverbank gardening because of the fluctuations of the river levels.
The 1,070 MW Nam Theun 2 Dam in central Laos has attained a legendary but highly contested reputation. In recent weeks, I travelled to the site to speak with villagers to find out their assessment of the situation.

International Organizations Call on THPC to Commit to Independent Monitoring

Saturday, August 24, 2013
The following letter was sent to the Theun Hinboun Power Company from organizations based in Australia, France, Norway, the Netherlands and the USA calling for the formation of an independent monitoring body in compliance with guidelines outlined by the World Commission on Dams. August 23rd, 2013 Robert Allen Jr. General Manager Theun-Hinboun Power Company Ltd. P.O. Box 3382 Vientiane, Lao PDR Re: Formation of the Panel of Experts for the Theun Hinboun Expansion Project Dear Mr. Allen, We are writing to follow up on the question of the formation of the panel of experts for the Theun Hinboun

Congo’s Energy Divide Factsheet

© Greenpeace / Kate Davidson
Sunday, June 9, 2013
HYDROPOWER FOR MINES AND EXPORT, NOT THE POORThe Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been ‘rebuilding’ its power grid as part of the war-torn country’s reconstruction since 2003. Despite the millions of dollars of donor funding put into this, today only 9% of Congo’s 70 million people have access to electricity – about 30% in urban areas and an alarming 1% in rural areas. Lack of access to modern electricity services impairs the health, education and income-generating potential of millions of Congolese people. The Congolese government set a highly aggressive target to provide 60%

Sirindhorn Dam Affected Communities Still Seeking Justice and Compensation

At the main entrance to Sirindhorn Dam, a protest banner denounces a proposed nuclear power station, claiming it will further destroy livelihoods of local dam-affected people.
In northeastern Thailand's Isaan region, close to the border with Laos, lies the Sirindhorn Dam, which is operated by Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT). While the dam itself is relatively small - only 42m high with an installed capacity of just 36 MW - the area of water impounded in the reservoir is vast, covering 280 km2. At the time it was constructed over four decades ago, this project required the resettlement of 1,365 households. The reservoir flooded ten schools and eight temples, and 6,880 ha of farmland was permanently lost. The affected families from dozens of small


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