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Kaptai Dam in Bangladesh: Proposed Extension Plan & Issues of Non-Compliance

Saturday, May 1, 2004
The dam at Kaptaimukh, known as Kaptai Dam on the River Karnafuli in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) is the only hydro-electric power project in Bangladesh. This earth filled dam, constructed without consultation with the local indigenous communities, displaced more than 100, 000 people. Very few of them ever received compensation. Many of them had to migrate to neighboring India where they have been living a miserable life. The project has become a symbol of the Bangali community’s unjust and racist policy towards indigenous communities of the country. A proposed plan to install two new ge

Strategies to Scale-up Renewable Energy Market in Africa

Friday, April 11, 2008
A position paper developed by NGOs and other stakeholders for the International Conference on Renewable Energy in Africa, 16-18 April 2008, Dakar, Senegal Coordinated by Community Research and Development Centre, Nigeria Preamble Energy is essential for socio-economic, human and technological development. Although there is no MDG on energy, access to energy is a fundamental ingredient to achieve the MDGs. Access to clean modern energy services is an enormous challenge facing the African continent. Africa accounts for about 3% of world energy consumption, the lowest per capita modern e

Youth Parliament Against Dam Building on Teesta River

Teesta Youth Parliament, Dhaka, Bangladesh March 2008
International Day of Action 2008 in Bangladesh Teesta Youth Parliament held amidst enthusiasm Dhaka, March 28, 2008 Report by Angikar Bangladesh Foundation Teesta Youth Parliament, Dhaka, Bangladesh March 2008 Angikar Bangladesh Foundation This was a great day for the otherwise ill-fated Teesta. About 90 young boys and girls belonging to Teesta and other riverbasins of Bangladesh met on today in National Press Club, Dhaka, the capital city. The event was styled as TEESTA YOUTH PARLIAMENT- TYP. The Speaker of the parliament was a veteran Engineer of the country,Quazi Mohammad Sheesh. The par

NHPC: People Don't Matter

Report Cover: NHPC, People Don't Matter
Report Cover: NHPC, People Don't Matter Heffa Schücking, urgewald This report by Heffa Schücking, director of the NGO urgewald, unveils the business operations of India's premier dam-building agency, the National Hydroelectrict Power Corporation, NHPC. Schücking contends: "If there were an international competition for the title of "Most Ruthless Corporation," India's entry should undoubtedly be the National Hydroelectrict Power Corporation." To read the report, click on the link to the pdf below.

India’s Ugliest Dam Builder

Tuesday, March 25, 2008
March 2008 World Rivers Review India's ugliest dam builder is undoubtedly the state-owned National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC). While the company is currently angling to acquire new capital, its operations at home and abroad have left a trail of ruined livelihoods and misery in its wake. The best case in point is Burma. Where others see a human rights disaster, NHPC sees a prime business opportunity. In 2004, NHPC negotiated a contract with the country's military junta to build the Tamanthi Dam on the Chindwin River in Northwestern Burma. The dam is being built on

Ethiopia – Water for Private Sector Development

Wednesday, February 1, 2006
Hunger, aridity, flooding – Ethiopia is a particularly dramatic case of poverty and under-development. Almost half of the rural population suffers from chronic food insecurity. Year by year, six to eight per cent of the 70 million inhabitants are dependent on food aid. And if the rains fail the percentage is considerably higher. Yet, the problem is not a lack of water. The rugged mountainous region get twice as much rain as in Germany. Ethiopia: Water for Private Sector Development is part of the study “Water for food – water for profit”. This study examines the water policy

Petition to the World Heritage Commission

Monday, April 23, 2007
The Center for Biological Diversity and other petitioners Petition to the World Heritage Committee Requesting Inclusion of Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves/La Amistad National Park on the list of World Heritage in Danger. Prepared by the International Environmental Law Project of Lewis & Clark Law School. Download Petition

Ethiopia's Water Dilemma

Thursday, June 1, 2006
Water in abundance. Over the Simian Hills in the highlands of Tigray it is raining heavily. In no time, there are large pools of water standing in the fields behind the low stone walls marking the plots. Dried-up erosion gullies turn into brownish torrents, and the Tekezze River down in the Valley swells from a small, harmless and lazy stream into a wild monster of rapids, whirlpools and cataracts. Water shortage. Every year in June, Tadesse Desta hopes for the timely start of the rainy season to start sowing tef. Only a few weeks later he has to worry that the grain will dry up and there will

Climate Action Network Submission on Developed Country Emission Reductions

Friday, February 15, 2008
A series of discussions are under way among the governments that ratified the Kyoto Protocol on what commitments developed countries (Annex I Parties, in the Protocol's jargon) should take on after the first phase of the Protocol expires in 2012. They are also discussing means to meet these commitments, including potentially redesigning the Clean Development Mechanism. The 5th session of this "Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex 1 Parties under the Kyoto Protocol" will take place in Bangkok, 31 March to 4 April 2008. Climate Action Network International's submission to the Ad

Hidrelétrica de Pai Querê

Monday, October 29, 2007
Parecer da Amigos da Terra Brasil: "Aínda há tempo para impedir mais uma grande tragédia sobre a biodiversidade da bacia do rio Uruguai".


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