Affected People

Ethiopia's Endangered Lower Omo Valley

Monday, January 26, 2009
“The rise and fall of the Omo waters is the heartbeat of the Lower Omo Valley. More than any other single factor, the river determines everyday economic practice throughout the region.” Download Facing Gibe 3 Dam: Indigenous Communities of Ethiopia's Lower Omo Valley January 2009 (200 KB)The Lower Omo Valley is home to a half million people, a significant number of whom practice flood retreat cultivation and other traditional agro-pastoralist livelihoods. At least eight distinct indigenous communities depend on the Omo River’s flood cycle: the Mursi, Bodi, Muguji (Kwegu

Field Report on Impacts of Nam Song Project

Completed in 1996, the Nam Song Diversion Dam was funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) at a cost of US$31.5 million. It was designed to divert water to the Nam Ngum reservoir to increase the generating capacity of Nam Ngum Dam. The impacts caused by the project include severe declines in fisheries for over 1,000 families and loss of boats and fishing nets, loss of agricultural land through flooding or erosion, and lack of clean washing and bathing water. So as to determine whether the ADB and the Government of Laos have recognized the extent of the impacts caused by the Nam Song Dive

Review of Resettlement Action Plan for Theun-Hinboun Expansion Project

Wednesday, April 16, 2008
The proposed Theun-Hinboun Expansion Project in central Laos will displace up to 4,800 people and negatively affect another 48,441 people living downstream, on project construction lands and in host villages. This review highlights key concerns about the August 2007 Draft Final Resettlement Action Plan for the Theun-Hinboun Expansion Project prepared by Norplan. It concludes that the resettlement plan is so poorly conceived and developed that it cannot and should not constitute a sound basis for decision-making. The plan obfuscates and downplays project impacts and fails to present a viable pl

Indians Protest to Stop Dams on Mother Ganga

Marchers for the Ganga visited 150 villages in 14 river valleys. Here, Alaknanda river valley walkers approach Srinagar.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
March 2008 World Rivers Review For 15 days in January, hundreds of men, women and children marched across river valleys of India's Uttarakhand state to raise awareness about government plans to build dams. The government intends to build 220 large, medium and small dams in the upper reaches of the Ganges River basin, the country's holiest of rivers. Organizers say the scheme will transform the sacred Ganges into a plumbing system with all of the life engineered out of it. "Our lakes and rivers, even the sacred Ganga, are in a rapidly deteriorating state. Our lives, work and cultures are t

Nam Theun 2 Delays Reaching Critical Stage: International Rivers' Report

Tuesday, February 26, 2008
The Nam Theun 2 Hydropower Project in central Laos is not ready for reservoir impoundment, according to a report released today by International Rivers. The report, based on a recent site visit by International Rivers’ staff, shows that shortcomings and delays in programs to compensate villagers and restore their incomes have not been addressed. Furthermore, it is unclear if resettlement infrastructure for more than 6,200 villagers on the Nakai Plateau will be completed on time for reservoir filling to begin in June 2008.Shannon Lawrence, Lao Program Director for International Rivers, says:

Hidrelétricas no rio Uruguai

Wednesday, March 1, 2006
Guia da Amigos da Terra Brasil para ongs e movimentos sociais sobre as hidrelétricas planejadas na bacia do rio Uruguai.

Nam Ngum Hydropower Cascade Threatens Poverty Reduction in Laos

Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Poor sector planning, lack of public participation aggravate social and environmental impacts described in ADB report A report presented in Vientiane today on the cumulative impacts of hydropower development in Laos' Nam Ngum river basin indicates that proposed dams would have serious impacts on the livelihoods of tens of thousands of Laotians. But the flawed planning process makes it unlikely that this Asian Development Bank (ADB)-supported cumulative impact assessment (CIA) will have any influence over decisions taken on whether or how to proceed with these hydropower schemes. The CIA con

Rio Madeira Hydroelectric Plants: Energy for What and for Whom

Saturday, December 1, 2007
Study booklet by the Brazilian Movement of Dam-Affected People (MAB)

Yacyretá Independent Investigation Report, IDB

Friday, February 27, 2004
Final report of the Independent Investigation Mechanism on Yacyretá Hydroelectric Project


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