Thursday, May 12, 2016
A Guide for Communities to Be Impacted by the Inga 3 DamThe Inga 3 project involves the planned construction of a dam and a 4,800 MW hydroelectric plant at Inga Falls on the mighty Congo River, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Inga 3 will force more than 10,000 people to leave their homes, and many more people are likely to be impacted economically. This guide is intended for the communities who risk being displaced, whether physically (losing access to land or home) or economically (losing assets or access to resources for income and livelihood) by the construction and operation of the I

World Bank’s Kandadji Dam Leaves Niger Communities High and Dry

Young women travel far and wide in search of water
Niger's Kandadji Dam is supposed to alleviate poverty in the poorest region of Africa. But with resettlement already facing major problems, the future of the project is now in doubt.

PR – Development Banks Urged to Review Support for Mekong Dams, 10 Years After Nam Theun 2

Villagers living upstream and downstream of Nam Theun 2 have experienced devastating impacts on their livelihoods
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Non-governmental organizations are calling on the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and European Investment Bank to publicly acknowledge the millions of dollars of failed investment in their flagship project, Nam Theun 2. This dam has unleashed a range of negative impacts on the affected populations in central Laos.

Call for An Inquiry Into the Murum Dam

Sunday, February 8, 2015
The attached letter was sent to the Malaysian Auditor General in January 2015, calling for an inquiry into the Murum Dam. It was jointly signed by Save Sarawak's Rivers Network, Bruno Manser Fund and International Rivers.

Xekaman Dams and GMS Regional Interconnectivity Agenda Leading to Rights Violations

Some families who have been living in a temporary resettlement area beside the construction site of the Xekaman 1 Dam decided earlier this year to self-relocate. Now they are being told they must move to a designated resettlement site beside rubber tree plantations. They assert themselves as farmers and do not want to be forced to become plantation labourers.
In November, international agencies representing several donor countries, alongside the United Nations Development Program, pledged to support poverty alleviation in Lao PDR. Last week, more commitments for development support to Laos were made during the meeting of development partners at the 2014 Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Summit in Bangkok. But in a country ranked as one of the most corrupt in the world (Transparency International), with no process for revenue transparency and no safe channels by which citizens can hold their government accountable for decisions, the words of well-meani

PR – Fate of Nam Ngiep River and Thousands of Lao Villagers in the Hands of ADB’s Board

Thousands of Hmong villagers will be affected by the Nam Ngiep 1 Dam
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Bangkok, Thailand: Tomorrow, the fate of thousands of villagers living on the Nam Ngiep River in central Lao PDR will be in the hands of thirteen people sitting over 2,000 kilometers away, at the headquarters of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The ADB’s Board of Directors will vote on whether to approve a US$ 50 million private sector loan for the construction of the proposed Nam Ngiep 1 Hydropower Project, a dam which is planned on the Nam Ngiep River, 40 kilometers from the confluence with the Mekong mainstream. The 290 MW Nam Ngiep 1 Dam is being advanced by the

Nam Ngiep 1

Downstream of the proposed Nam Ngiep 1 Dam, villagers rely on the Nam Ngiep for their livelihoods
“We have lived in this place for more than thirty years, we have worked on the land, we don’t want to leave the land now. There is no way the compensation offered to us by the company can replace the livelihood we have.” - Group of villagers living in area planned to be inundated by the reservoir The 290 MW Nam Ngiep 1 Dam is being built upstream from the central Lao town of Pakxan, in the provinces of Bolikhamxay and Xaysomboun. More than 3000 people, who are primarily Hmong and Khmu, will be forced to resettle. However, many of the affected families living in the area that will be i

Mass Displacement and Underdevelopment on the Sekong River

Logging Along Road to Kalum, March 2014
(Part 1 of 2) Along a stretch of road close to 150 kilometers long in south-eastern Laos that connects the towns of Sekong, Kalum and Ta-Oy, the surrounding land near the Sekong River is becoming a barren moonscape. Logging trucks ply the road, carrying full loads of cut timber onwards to be quickly transported across the borders to Vietnam. This area is at the center of local media intrigue and much speculation, as simultaneous and overlapping concessions have been granted to the well-connected Lao company Phonesack Group Ltd. to log the area, mine for coal, build a thermal plant and partake

Stories of Resettlement and Resistance Along the Lancang River

Village above Gongguoqiao Reservoir
China plans to build and operate ten new dams on the Lancang River as part of its 12th Five Year Energy Plan. If all are built, more than 30,000 people will be relocated away from their ancestral lands.

Theun-Hinboun Expansion Project Concerns From FIVAS and International Rivers

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The following letter was sent to the Theun-Hinboun Power Company after a joint visit to communities affected by the THXP was conducted in December, 2012. Download the letter here: Theun Hinboun Expansion Project Letter From FIVAS & International Rivers. Download THPC's response here: Theun Hinboun Power Company's Response to FIVAS & International Rivers (May 2013) Download International Rivers' follow-up letter here: International Rivers' Follow-Up To Theun Hinboun Power Company February 28, 2013 Robert Allen Jr., General Manager Theun-Hinboun Power Company Ltd. P.O. Box 33


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