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Environmental Impacts of Tucuruí Dam

Monday, January 1, 2001
Philip M. Fearnside (2001) "Environmental Impacts of Brazil’s Tucuruí Dam: Unlearned Lessons for Hydroelectric Development in Amazonia," Environmental Management 27:3.

Briefing on Pak Beng Dam Lawsuit

On 8 June 2017, Mekong communities in Thailand - represented by the Rak Chiang Khong Group - filed a lawsuit against Thai government agencies regarding their responsibilities in relation to the Pak Beng Dam proposed for the Mekong River in Lao PDR and expected cross-border impacts on communities in Thailand. The lawsuit is the second case filed against Thai government agencies regarding a dam project outside of Thailand and addressing the transboundary environmental and social impacts of hydropower projects on the Mekong River. The following is a summary of the key points raised in the lawsuit

62 Members of Congress Call for Independent Investigation into Berta Cáceres' Death

Thursday, March 17, 2016
On March 16, in the wake of the tragic killing of the Honduran environmental and indigenous leader Berta Cáceres on March 2, Reps. Hank Johnson (GA-04) and Keith Ellison (MN-05), together with 60 House colleagues, sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew requesting their support in combating human rights violations and rampant impunity in Honduras. In the letter, members of Congress call for an independent, international investigation into the murder of Cáceres with backing from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). The letter wa

A Changing Omo River Valley

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
“People of our village and other villages, we don’t want to lose this river, to lose our land, our forests. This is our original place. What would you think if someone came to your home area and said, ‘You go, I want to take your home and land for my own project?’ Would you like that if someone came and just moved you from your home, from your land? Would you like that? That is what is waiting us. What we know is we just have to wait and see what is going to happen with this river. If the government comes, they should just kill us, here, next to our river.” - Kara woman from Lower O

Hydropower Projects on the Salween River: An Update

Proposed Dams in the Salween Basin
Friday, March 14, 2014
Proposed Dams in the Salween Basin Salween Watch Over the past decade, plans for 13 hydropower projects have been proposed for the Salween River in China and another six in the lower reaches of the river in Burma and at the border of Thailand-Burma. Very little information about the projects has been disclosed to the public. Unrest in the ethnic states of Burma has also hampered independent efforts to gather information but Thai and Burmese state and private agencies have also made little effort share the information. In August 2013, according to a high ranking official in Burma’s Ministr

A 2007 Review of the Don Sahong Dam's Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Report

Sunday, November 18, 2007
A 2007 Review of the Don Sahong Dam's Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report carried out by the Mekong River Commission Secretariat for the Lao government. The review expresses the following concerns, as well as concerns over the report's numerous shortcomings: Concerns over the dam's fishery impacts and its 'conceptual' mitigation plans (Point 47,64-69); MRC clarification that the project is indeed a Mekong mainstream dam that needs to undergo the MRC's 'prior consultation' process (Point 35); the report's lack of consideration of social impacts on upstream and downstream communities,

NRDC Chile Facts: Building a Brighter Future

Solar in the Atacama Desert
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Chile’s energy sector is at a turning point. It has enormous potential to develop renewable energy and energy efficiency to become a global leader. The country can take advantage of its remarkable and varied natural resources, as well as its expanding economy to foster growth in its renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors.

Estudio Ciudadanía Intercultural

By The Ene River
Monday, July 1, 2013
By The Ene River By Thomas Munita Este libro es un estudio del Programa Global de Apoyo al Ciclo Electoral (GPECS, por sus siglas en inglés) y de la Dirección Regional (DRALC/RBLAC) del PNUD, que, en América Latina y el Caribe, se ha implementado entre los años 2011 y 2013 en seis países de la región: México, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Peru y Bolivia. El objetivo principal del GPECS es contribuir a incrementar la participación política y electoral que, en nuestra región, se ha focalizado en los ciudadanos indígenas, en especial de las mujeres y los jóvenes indígenas. En est

Scientific Study Examines Impacts of Rapid Hydropower Expansion in Andean Amazon

Hydroelectric Dams of the Andean Amazon
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
With a heavy concentration of dams in the northern third of the world the tropical areas of North, Central and South America are now a primary frontier for new dam construction. This is especially true in the Andean Amazon, where regional governments are prioritizing new hydroelectric dams as the centerpiece of long-term energy plans. There are plans for 151 new dams greater than 2 MW over the next 20 years, more than a 300% increase.

Planning for Dam Decommissioning as an Environmental Priority

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Dams do not last forever. While countries like India and China are in the middle of a dam building spree, there is no proper mechanism for periodic assessment of the performance of these dams. India is yet to have clearly defined, legally binding accountability mechanisms in case of dam failures. It is time India and her neighbors start seriously planning for dam decommissioning as a viable option for restoring the ecology of rivers and creating more free-flowing rivers.


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