Key Findings on Nam Theun 2 Hydropower Project Site Visit

Tuesday, July 6, 2010
1. Compensation for paddy fields, fruits trees, and cows and buffaloes has not been paid to Nakai resettlement families.2. Installation of irrigation system further delay in Nakai resettlement site.3. No appropriate management on reservoir fishing in Nakai.4. Serious skin disease along downstream Xe Bang Fai River after water release from the dam.5. Compensation for riverbank vegetable garden along the Xe Bang Fai River hasn't been completed yet.6. Fish catch along the Xe Bang Fai River dramatically decreased.7. Village income restoration fund (compensation for fishery losses along the Xe Ban

Governments and Institutions That Endorse the WCD Recommendations

Governments and funders that endorse the WCD recommendations: Although the Commission dissolved after publishing its report in November 2000, the WCD recommendations live on and have become the most important and legitimate global benchmark for dam building. The following are examples of institutions and governments that have endorsed the WCD report: Several governments - including Germany, Nepal, South Africa, Sweden and Vietnam - have organized dialogue processes to integrate WCD recommendations into national policies. The German government in particular has expressed a strong commitment to

Protecting Rivers and Rights

Fishing by the Da River near the Son La Hydropower Project in Vietnam
The 10th Anniversary of the World Commission on Dams ReportFishing by the Da River near the Son La Hydropower Project in Vietnam Hoai ThanhThe most comprehensive guidelines for large dams that protect the rights of river-dependent communities were outlined by the World Commission on Dams (WCD) in 2000. The WCD assessed the development effectiveness of dams in an independent, participatory process, and established what has come to be regarded as the gold standard for dam building. The WCD principles encompass basic values of human rights and sustainable development that are essential to minimi

Field Report from Lake Turkana

Monday, June 21, 2010
The people of the Turkana region in northwestern Kenya are in a fight and the future of their unique cultures. Our recent visit to the region revealed that communities around Lake Turkana are saying no to the Gibe 3 Dam, and standing together to take action to protect the lake.The lake is the best defense against hunger and conflict for 300,000 people who live in the parched region. This fragile oasis is the heart of an isolated world where traditional lifestyles are unraveling in the face of climate change and the resulting reduction in natural resources. The Gibe 3 Dam threatens to destroy t

Entrevista a Juan Pablo Orrego de Ecosistemas

Tuesday, June 1, 2010
En esta entrevista, realizada en el marco de la Cumbre de los Pueblos "Enlazando Alternativas IV" (Madrid, 14-18 de Mayo de 2010), el ambientalista chileno Juan Pablo Orrego de Ecosistemas explica en tres minutos por qué el megaproyecto de Endesa-Enel en la región de Aysén en la Patagonia Chilena, conocido como HidroAysén, puede tener graves impactos sociambientales en una de las regiones de mayor biodiversidad del mundo.

In Their Own Words

In Their Own Words: Voices of Affected People

Many thanks to the Wild River Dance's Event and Host Committees and Sponsors!

Thank you so much for your generosity.RIVER DEFENDER SPONSORSAmazon ($25,000 +) George & Miriam Martin Foundation Congo ($10,000 – 24,999) International Rivers Board of Directors New Place Fund Yangtze ($5,000 – 9,999) Letitia & Milan Momirov* Mekong ($2,500 – 4,999) Cellar Magic Fred & Annette Gellert Foundation Zambezi ($1,000 – 2,499) Anonymous donor Peter & Mimi Buckley André Carothers* & Firuzeh Mahmoudi Lisa Danzig Furthur Foundation Josefina Jimenez & Brian Smith Matt Kondolf Leslie* & Jacques Leslie Marcia McNally* & Randy

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Meeting venueHow many people will attend?About 300 international and Mexican participants will attend Rivers for Life 3. Food and accommodations will be provided for all registered participants. Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide food and accommodations to non-registered participants due to limitations of the meeting venue, accommodations and funding.Why was this venue chosen?Temacapulín was chosen as the venue for Rivers for Life 3 after a long decision-making process by the international Steering Committee helping to organize this meeting. Steering Committee members felt that


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