Every River Has A Story

What's yours? Please Share Your Story With Us by emailing it to stories@internationalrivers.orgIn honor of the International Day of Action for Rivers, in 2013 we launched a project to gather river stories from around the world to inspire, engage, and connect with one another. During the 2013 Day of Action for Rivers we received 38 incredible river stories! The turnout was wonderful, so we decided to keep the stories coming! We want to hear the story of you and your river through prose, poetry or artwork, in an email or by mail. We would especially love to receive short stories and blogs with a

Xayaburi on the Edge of Change

The upper Mekong connecting between Laos’s Luang Prabang and Thailand’s Chiang Khong is still treated as a major marine route for goods transportation and tourism.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
In this series of photographs and video, award-winning Thai photojournalist Suthep Kritsanavarin has chronicled the day to day life of people living near the Xayaburi Dam site on the Mekong River. As the first hydropower dam planned in a cascade of eleven large projects located on the Lower Mekong River mainstream, these photographs depict the beauty and the close interconnection between the river and the life and livelihoods of some of the people whose lives will forever be changed with the building of the Xayaburi Dam. To view the photographs: To view the video:

Spreadsheet of Major Dams in China

Xiaowan Dam on the Lancang River
The spreadsheet of major dams on the Nu, Lancang, and Yangtze/Jinsha mainstream is based on information collected by Heng Duan Shan Society from the government's published 2003 Review of the Achievements of Hydropower Resources, as well as published research, field visits and media reporting. It is updated monthly, includes a glossary of terms, and links for further reading.

Belo Monte Justice Now! Legal Campaign

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The Brazilian Judiciary’s handling of serious irregularities in the licensing process for the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam on the Amazon’s Xingu River has been roundly questioned by Brazilian and international civil society as well as by Brazil’s Federal Public Ministry and Public Defenders.

World Heritage Committee Decisions in 2012

Fishing boat by Lake Turkana
Monday, July 23, 2012
Summaries of all the decisions made on dam-threatened World Heritage Sites that were discussed at this year's 36th Session of the World Heritage Committee.

Final Declaration of the People's Summit at Rio+20

Friday, July 20, 2012
In June 2012 the UN Conference on Sustainable Development brought together governments, corporations, and a subset of NGOs, in Rio de Janeiro - the site of the histroci Earth Summit in 1992. The official proceedings focused on economic growth under a banner of the "Green Economy." Meanwhile, thousands of civil society groups – including International Rivers – representing the global majority living with the economic and environmental consequences of a failing global economic program, met to advance grassroots sustainable development solutions within the parallel People’s Summit forum Th

Declaration on the Myth of Destructive Dams as Clean Energy and the Urgent Need to Protect Rivers

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Healthy rivers provide clean water essential for life on Earth. Following the Rio+20 Earth Summit's failure to recognize the irreversible destruction of rivers and livelihoods caused by large-scale dam projects, we, civil groups have joined dam-affected communities to launch a global movement to denounce the myth of large-scale dams as clean energy and an appropriate technology for “sustainable development”.

The Story of Rivers in Rio

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The story of rivers in Rio during the Rio+20 Earth Summit is an inspiring one. From the occupation of the Belo Monte Dam site on the Xingu River to the session at the People's Summit about Debunking Dams as Clean Energy, International Rivers and our partners are on the ground to support the movement for healthy rivers and human rights, from the Brazilian Amazon to Turkish Anatolia. Executive Director Jason Rainey and Amazon Program Director Brent Millikan report back from Brazil. Here's our story: Letting the Xingu Run Freely, June 15, 2012 – Early this morning, hundreds of people bega

The "Green Economy" - Promise or Myth?

Monday, June 11, 2012
June 2012 is a busy month for international governmental and civil society meetings on the economy and the environment--and for debating competing definitions of a "Green Economy." International Rivers will be at the G20 Summit in Los Cabos, the Xingu+23 Gathering in Altamira, and the People's Forum of the Rio+20 Conference in Rio de Janeiro.

Highlighting Rivers at Rio+20

Monday, June 4, 2012
From June 20-22, 2012, the world’s governments are meeting in Rio de Janeiro for yet another effort to make progress towards the goals of sustainable development and a "Green Economy" during the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, known as Rio+20. International Rivers and our partners believe that only a healthy planet can support a "Green Economy," and one of the most essential elements of a healthy planet is healthy rivers.


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