Human Rights Complaint Filed Against Mega First

A meeting between EarthRights International and Cambodian communities about the planned Don Sahong Dam
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Complaint Filed With Malaysian Human Rights Commission Against Mega First, Developer of the Don Sahong DamA meeting between EarthRights International and Cambodian communities about the planned Don Sahong Dam By EarthRights International In October 2014, six national, regional and international NGOs filed a complaint with the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (SUHAKAM) against Mega First Corporation Berhad the Malaysian developer of the Don Sahong Dam on the Mekong River. The complaint, which was filed on behalf of communities in Cambodia and Thailand whose lives and livelihoods would be impa

Whispers of Sindhu – A Story of Struggle

Rivers in Our Hands for the International Day of Action for Rivers 2015
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Today, when the day dawned, “Sindhu” came rushing towards me and started whispering something into my left ear. Following is what her whispers spoke about. Fisherman on the Indus River, Pakistan. Photo courtesy of Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum “O son of Indus Valley Civilization, do you know who am I?” said Sindhu. Following an unusual whisper, having lost my head, because of feeling giddy and still being sleepy, I could not respond to the whisper I heard. A smoky, muddy watery image started to occasionally appear and disappear in front of my eyes. It almost seemed infinite in its magnitu

Communities Sign Petition Against Inga 3 Dam

Camp Kinshasa
Friday, September 19, 2014
Camp Kinshasa Photo by International Rivers Communities that will be affected by the Inga 3 Dam created a petition in 2014 to call attention to potential social and environmental problems that the dam could bring. Some 5,000 people from these communities signed the petition. The communities make clear they wish to have their rights and freedoms as provided for by the DRC constitution respected, and to have past injustices on large dams in DRC addressed (specifically the loss of land by six clans resettled for the construction of Inga 1 & 2 dams). They are opposed to the relocation of com

International Rivers Recommendations to Sinohydro on its Environment and Social Policies

Sunday, August 31, 2014
Since 2009, International Rivers has communicated with Sinohydro on matters relating to overseas dam building. Sinohydro has accepted International Rivers’ recommendation that it should adopt an environmental policy consistent with international standards. Along with several external experts, International Rivers made detailed recommendations on environmental and social policy standards that Sinohydro should adopt. Our Contribution and CommentsIn the interests of transparency and accountability of our own advocacy efforts, International Rivers comments on Sinohydro's draft policies can be vi

Lake Turkana Considered for "World Heritage In Danger" List

Thursday, May 29, 2014
Lake Turkana – the world’s largest desert lake, which supports 300,000 people and untold biological riches, and is a World Heritage Site – is at risk of ecological collapse because of the diversion of the river that is its main supply of water. The situation now unfolding could escalate starting in May 2015, when the reservoir of the Gibe III Dam, under construction in Ethiopia, begins to fill. Construction on the dam and related irrigated plantations in the valley continues unabated despite warnings from many quarters that the risk of disaster is real and should be addressed quickly. Un

10 Things You Should Know About Dams

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
1. 50,000 Large Dams Are Clogging the World's Rivers: About 50,000 dams with a height of 15 meters or more and millions of smaller dams have been built on the world's rivers. Some of them date back centuries, but most were built after World War II. About 5,000 dams have a height of 60 meters or more; another 350 such giants are currently under construction. 2. Dams Are Changing the Face of the Earth: Dams have fragmented two thirds of the world's large rivers and flooded a land area the size of Spain. Their reservoirs contain three times as much water as all the world's rivers, and constantly

Large Dams in Multilateral Banks' Pipelines

Thursday, February 6, 2014
International Rivers monitors investments in large dams currently in the pipelines of the multilateral development banks. To see the details of these investments, consult our MDB database.

World Bank Funding Challenged Over Support for Mega-Dams

Thursday, December 12, 2013
As the World Bank makes an effort to raise billions of dollars from donor governments for its IDA fund, civil society groups are calling on governments to shift support for energy projects from the Bank to institutions that prioritize clean, local energy sources for the poor.

Let All Rivers Run to the Sea

As seen from space, Ghana's Volta Dam reservoir is the largest on Earth at 8,482 sq km, or ten times the size of Tokyo.
Monday, October 21, 2013
A review of the latest scientific literature makes it clear that hydropower is not nearly as climate-friendly as has previously been assumed.

International Rivers Actions During Sinohydro's IPO

Sunday, September 30, 2012
In recent years, the Chinese government has encouraged state-owned enterprises to issue public shares, and as a result, many Chinese dam-building companies have started to issue new shares. During an IPO, there is significant attention on the company’s performance and business risk. International Rivers took a series of actions during the Initial Public Offering (IPO) of Sinohydro, which commenced in March 2009 and concluded in September 2012. International Rivers IPO campaign was not a simple protest, but represented an opportunity to continue our case for environmental policy reform and he


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