Letter from Cobija – VI Panamazonian Social Forum

Saturday, December 1, 2012
Cobija, Bolivia We are the people of all peoples. We are the men from the forest and the women from the rain; we are Panamazonia, the heart of the planet. In our lands and rivers, a decisive battle for the fate of humanity is being fought. On one side, transnational corporations, agribusiness and large mining companies promote the destruction of our forests and our waters in the name of a progress that benefits only the owners of capital. On the other, we - indigenous peoples, peasants, quilombolas , workers of the fields, forests and cities - are fighting for our lands, for the rights of Mo

Letter to the ADB Expressing Concern about Sekong and Sekaman Dams

Thursday, November 29, 2012
Oct. 24, 2012 Anthony Jude, Director Energy Division, Southeast Asia Department Asian Development Bank 6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines Re: Lao PDR-Vietnam Power Interconnection (Project 41450) and Associated Hydropower Projects Dear Mr. Jude, I am writing to follow up on previous correspondence with your office about the application of ADB Safeguards to the eight dams associated with the proposed Lao PDR-Vietnam Power Interconnection (Hatxan-Pleiku) in the Greater Mekong Subregion (Project 41450). [1] International Rivers has noted that a recent fact-finding mission was c

Communities Downstream from Nam Theun 2 Still Need Support

Thursday, November 29, 2012
November 30th, 2012 Ingo Wiederhofer, Senior Operations Officer Sustainable Development Dept., East Asia & Pacific Region World Bank Lao PDR Country Office Vientiane, Lao PDR Re: Khammouane Development Project and the Nam Theun 2 Downstream Program Dear Mr. Wiederhofer, I am writing to follow up on our earlier discussions regarding the World Bank’s Khammouane Development Project (KDP) and support for the handover of responsibilities of the Nam Theun 2 Downstream Program. I appreciate that you and your colleagues took the time to meet on October 16th, 2012 to explain the KDP prog

Ongoing Problems Faced by Communities Affected by Nam Song and Nam Leuk Dams

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Oct. 24, 2012 Anthony Jude, Director Energy Division, Southeast Asia Department Asian Development Bank 6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines Re: Nam Song and Nam Leuk Hydropower Projects, Lao PDR Dear Mr. Jude, I am writing to follow up on the implementation of the Nam Song-Nam Leuk Environmental Mitigation Plan and review missions conducted by the ADB. In March 2012, an International Rivers’ consultant conducted a site visit to eight villages affected by the Nam Song Dam and three villages affected by the Nam Leuk Dam to assess the state of the mitigation plans. In light of

Letter to THPC About Ongoing Concerns of Affected Communities

Thursday, September 20, 2012
Robert Allen Jr. General Manager Theun-Hinboun Power Company Ltd. P.O. Box 3382 Vientiane, Lao PDR RE: Concerns about Theun-Hinboun Expansion Project Relocation and Resettlement Sites Dear Mr. Allen, I am writing to follow up on THPC’s response to the letter International Rivers sent to you on February 3, 2012 and to communicate unresolved matters of concern reported to International Rivers by headmen and villagers in the relocation sites of Ban Phousaat, Ban Tha, Ban Phoumakgneng, Ban Thasala (new and old sites), the resettlement site of Ban Nongxong, and affected villages in Zones 3B and

Comments on the Panan Hydro-Electric Project (India)

Saturday, August 18, 2012
The PDD for the Panan Hydropower Project lacks accuracy and provides insufficient and non-rigorous information on a number of environmental issues; fails to mention the local opposition by the indigenous Lepcha tribal community; and omits a range of possible negative impacts on freshwater biodiversity and local terrestrial biodiversity, as well as a mitigation plan for seismic risks. In addition, the local stakeholder consultation process failed to include all families that would be directly or indirectly impacted by the project, and the project is common practice and likely non-additional.

Letters to World Bank and IDB: Reparations for Chixoy Communities

Wednesday, August 8, 2012
On July 25, 2012, International Rivers, the Guatemala Human Rights Commission and Rights Action sent a letter to Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of The World Bank and Mr. Luis Alberto Moren, President of The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), to address concerns over reparations for communities affected by the Chixoy Dam in Guatemala. The letter addresses the outstanding debt that the World Bank and the IDB have to the Maya-Achi communities that were affected by the construction of the Chixoy Dam. Read the July 25th letter. In response to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights October 19th

Xikrin Response Letter to FUNAI

Thursday, August 2, 2012
In response to a letter from FUNAI – the National Indian Foundation of Brazil's Ministry of Justice – dated July 31, 2012, the Xikrin people responded with a letter on August 2 that included the following statement: “We rightfully claim that the FUNAI respect the recommendations of the Federal Public Ministry as well as the position of the indians to discuss and evaluate this transposition together with all those who use the river, in the villages.” Download the full letter in Portuguese.

Letter from FUNAI to the Xikrin People

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Leaders of the Indigenous Land Trincheira Bacajá, Sincere Greetings – As you know, the Hydroelectric Plant of Belo Monte is already being constructed and the anticipated closing of the Xingu river, according to the construction schedule, is for the beginning of 2013. For this to happen, it is necessary that the transposition mechanism be approved by the IBAMA, after being approved by the FUNAI.

NGO Letter to the World Heritage Centre and Committee Members

Monday, June 18, 2012
Mr. Kishore Rao Director World Heritage Centre 7, Place de Fontenoy 75352 Paris France June 18, 2012 Subject: Dam Construction Activities Continue to Threaten World Heritage Sites Dear Mr. Rao, Thank you for leading the World Heritage Centre in promoting strong protections for the world’s cultural and natural heritage sites. We appreciate the efforts of the Centre last year to heighten awareness around the most endangered sites, including those that are threatened by current or future dam construction. While the World Heritage Committee made a number of strong decisions last year, dam const


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