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Voices from the Margin: Lampaniang River

Monday, December 8, 2008
In the past, villagers living along the Lampaniang River relied on its resources, accessing the river for food. Villagers depended on the natural flooding of the river and traditional irrigation methods to restore and irrigate their rice fields. Fish and plants found on the banks of the river supplemented their diet. Whenever the villagers needed water for consumption or for their livestock, they would go to the river and take what was needed. The river was a free source of sustenance for the villagers and a vital resource which made their livelihoods possible. The dredging of the Lampaniang R

China Banking Association’s Corporate Social Responsibility Guidelines

Monday, January 12, 2009
In January 2009, the China Banking Association published its Corporate Social Responsibility Guidelines. The guidelines advocate for "independent on-site investigation and audit for the environmental impacts of financed projects, and make their judgments not solely based on clients' own environmental impact assessment report and data." The guidelines also encourage financial institutions to adopt "people-oriented principles" for their employees and to promote the social development of impacted communities. The guidelines refer to the Equator Principles, but fail to mention other specific inter

Promoting Transparency and Dialogue About Dams in Mozambique

Thursday, January 1, 2009
A gathering of Mozambican civil society and government officials, African dam-affected communities, and international development experts came together in Maputo, Mozambique, from November 19-21, 2007, to discuss issues arising from the development of large dams in Africa, how to apply the lessons learned from these past dam projects to improve energy planning in Mozambique, and to address ways forward on the controversial US$2.5bn Mphanda Nkuwa project now being prioritized by the Mozambique government. Download the full report Lessons Learned Findings and recommendations from Afr

Amicus Curiae La Parota

Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Mexican and international organizations submitted an Amicus Curiae to the Collegiate Tribunal of Guerrero in Acapulco in support of a constitutional lawsuit brought by CECOP and the Mexican Center for Environmental Law against the Federal Commission of Electricity (CFE) and other authorities. The lawsuit alleges that the Mexican authorities failed to consult with affected parties and adequately evaluate the environmental impacts of construction of the La Parota dam. Download brief in Spanish (929.25 KB)

Sembrando Desiertos

Wednesday, February 1, 2006
Sembrando Desiertos: La Deuda Ecológica y Social Generada por el Endeudamiento Externo por el Proyecto de Propósito Multiple Jaime Roldós Aguilera. El informe busca evidenciar la deuda social y ecológica generada por el endeudamiento externo para la construcción del Proyecto de Propósito Múltiple Jaime Roldós Aguilera- en dos de sus componentes: la Represa Daule Peripa y el Trasvase a la Península de Santa Elena. En éste también se hace un recuento de los impactos sufridos por la población de afectados; y los impactos ambientales generados.  Bajar documento

Field Report Regarding Nam Theun 2 Hydroelectric Project

Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Report from Mekong Watch's visit to Laos to investigate Nam Theun 2 resettlement issues.

Bujagali Inspection Panel Report: Management Response

Thursday, December 4, 2008
Read the World Bank Management Response to the Inspection Panel's report on the Bujagali Dam in Uganda (in two parts): Part 1 Part 2 

Bujagali: Inspection Panel Investigation Report

Thursday, December 4, 2008
The full Sept. 2008 report on the Bujagali Dam by the World Bank Inspection Panel, which responded to a claim by affected people in Uganda that the dam could cause them harm. Download the report (in 4 parts): Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Read excerpts from the report (compiled by NGOs) Read the World Bank Management's response to the report 

Follow-Up Study on Impacts of Son La Resettlement

Villagers building their new houses
Monday, September 1, 2008
Villagers building their new houses This study is based on a visit to eight resettlement areas in two different provinces in May 2008 to evaluate progress on resettlement at Son La. The researchers found that resettlement is not going as well as planned. The most contentious aspect of Son La resettlement is the availability of sufficient arable land to replace what is being flooded by the reservoir. The researchers found that many oustees were returning to their old lands to grow rice for their families. Once the reservoir is filled in 2010, it is unclear how they will feed their famili

China in Burma: Increasing Investment of Chinese MNC's in Burma's Hydropower, Oil & Natural Gas, and Mining Sectors

Published by EarthRights International, this survey reveals a rapidly increasing number of Chinese multinational companies (MNCs) involved in hydropower, oil and natural gas, and mining projects in Burma. The report identifies that at least 45 Chinese companies have been involved in approximately 63 hydropower projects in Burma. The report raises concerns about the lack of public information about these projects as well as the potential social and environmental impacts given the current situation in Burma. Read the full report here.


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