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Salween River Biodiversity Study Reveals Endangered Species Threatened by Dams

Khoe Kay: Biodiversity in Peril, written by the Karen Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN), is a detailed survey of the rich biodiversity of Khoe Kay on the Salween River. The study identifies over forty endangered plant and animal species which are being threatened by plans to build a series of large hydropower dams and ongoing military actions. The area includes the site of the planned Weigyi Dam, one of five giant hydropower dams planned for the lower Salween River by the Burmese, Thai and Chinese governments. The report predicts several serious impacts, including fisherie

Electric Capitalism: Recolonising Africa on the Power Grid

Wednesday, October 15, 2008
This book analyzes Africa's choices, and includes a chapter by International Rivers' Africa team on hydropower. Essays by leading academics and activists cover the most important developments in the continent's energy sector today, and their implications for poverty reduction, environmental and human health, gender equity, and socio-economic justice. "Although Africa is the most under-supplied region in the world for electricity, its economies are utterly dependent on it. There are enormous inequalities in electricity access, with industry receiving abundant supplies of

Estudio del río Madera: Remanso Hidráulico y Sedimentación

Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Lea el relato del Instituto de Hidráulica y Hidrologia de Bolivia sobre impactos en Bolívia de las represas del rio Madeira.

China Southern Power Grid’s 2007 “Corporate Social Responsibility Report”

China Southern Power Grid (CSG) issued its first Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report in 2007. The report meets the basic requirements of China’s “Guidelines for Fulfilling Social Responsibilities for State-owned Enterprises” issued in January, 2008 and in reference to international rules. The report describes the company's corporate responsibility as a function of five components of its operations:  power supply security, economic responsibility, environmental responsibility, social responsibility and future outlook. Environmental responsibility is defined as implementatio

An Emergency Appeal for Urgent Relief of Merowe Dam Communities

Thursday, July 31, 2008
The Executive Committee of the Manasir Community People Affected by Merowe Dam (DCM) would like first to give a short necessary account about the background of conflict between the Manasir the government by stating the following facts: 1. The Manasir are the third and last group of the affected citizens by Merowe Dam. They represent 68 % of the total affected citizens. They all dwell in River Nile, and they all do not object to the construction of the dam. 2. The resettlement of the Manasir at certain sites around the dam lake is one of the two resettlement options stated in the Resettl

Press statement on AfDB's Findings on Bujagali by NAPE

Monday, July 21, 2008
New Revelations on the Bujagali Project From the Funders Released at a Press Conference at NAPE Offices Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press, As you are already aware that NAPE and others have been contesting the construction of Bujagali dam ever since it started in Uganda in the 1990s because of the many problems associated with it. In 2000, we lodged a request to the Inspection Panel of the World Bank to investigate the viability of the Bujagali project for Uganda and its compliance to World Bank's policies on poverty reduction, social, economic and environmental standards. The Ins

Guidelines for Environmental and Social Impact Assessments of the China Export and Import Bank’s Loan Projects

In August 2007 China Export and Import Bank issued Guidelines for Environmental and Social Impact Assessments of the China Export and Import Bank’s (China EXIM Bank) Loan Projects. These guidelines are an improvement over the Bank's 2004 environmental policy, which was released to the public in April 2007. The guidelines specify that social and environmental impact assessment is required for overseas projects, and that borrowers must follow laws and regulations of the host country. The guidelines were developed in accordance with the China's Environmental Impact Assessment (

Plans for some old dams unfortunately never die

Monday, June 23, 2008
Opinion piece published in the Bangkok Post Perhaps Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej thinks it is still the 1960s. As new prime minister, he autocratically announced water diversion projects for the Mekong and Salween rivers, callously calling these international rivers ''public waters'' in the faulty belief that anyone can utilise them without repercussions. In power for only four months, he has already revived almost all the historically rejected water infrastructure schemes, including the infamous Pa Mong dam _ the Mekong's Hoover, proposed by the US some four decades back _ along with oth

Representação contra os Aproveitamentos Hidrelétricos Santo Antônio e Jirau

Thursday, June 12, 2008
Representação de ONGs ao Ministério Público de Rondônia sobre irregularidades no processo de licenciamento das usinas hidrelétricas do rio Madeira

Gaining Public Acceptance: Tipaimukh Dam in India, Concerns of Bangladesh

Saturday, October 1, 2005
The construction of Tipaimukh Dam by India on the international Barak river raises a number of questions in relation to successful implementation of World Commission on Dams (WCD) recommendation on Gaining Public Acceptance (GPA) for large dams. The government of India has never officially informed the lower riparian state of Bangladesh about the construction of the dam although experts fear that the dam would have adverse environmental impact on Bangladesh that share the same river basin. This paper by Zakir Kibria, Executive Director of the NGO BanglaPraxis, investigates the internation


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