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Malaysian Embassies Worldwide Receive Message: Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Violations at Murum Dam Must End

The Murum Dam in Sarawak is nearing completion, with the impoundment of the reservoir expected to be finished by late 2014.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
November 25, 2013 Sarawak, Malaysia: Today, Malaysian Ambassadors in 16 countries* are receiving a letter signed by over 30 organizations representing national, regional and international civil society groups that calls for good faith negotiations with the 1,500 Penan Indigenous people who are being displaced to make way for the Murum Dam in Sarawak, on the island of Borneo. The Murum Dam in Sarawak is nearing completion, with the impoundment of the reservoir expected to be finished by late 2014. Bruno Manser Fonds 2013 Since September 20th, over 200 Penans from dam affected villages have set

PR: Belo Sun Mining Project Suspended in Brazilian Amazon

Map of the Belo Sun mining site
Thursday, November 21, 2013
November 21, 2013 Belo Sun Mining Project Suspended in Brazilian AmazonSuspension of environmental licensing for controversial project reflects omission of impacts on indigenous peoples within faulty Environmental Impact Assessment Altamira, Brazil: In response to a civil lawsuit filed on November 13th by the Federal Public Prosecutor’s office in the state of Pará (MPF-PA), a federal judge has ordered the immediate suspension of environmental licensing for a massive gold mining project proposed by Canadian-based Belo Sun Mining (TSE:BSX) along the Big Bend (Volta Grande) of the Xin

PR: Belo Monte Dam Protested in Europe

Protesters gather outside of GDF Suez
Friday, November 15, 2013
November 15, 2013 Brazil’s Belo Monte Dam Faces Renewed Protest in EuropeStreet protests in Paris follow lively debate in European Parliament in Brussels Paris, France: Brazil’s polemic Belo Monte Dam faced fresh protests in Europe this week marked by a Brussels conference where EU Green Party Parliamentarians and diverse dam opponents sparred with leading Brazilian government officials. Protest activities then shifted to Paris where today’s street demonstrations and public events led by Amazonian activist, Antonia Melo, denounce French and other European corporate interests backing Braz

New Report Calls for an End to Business-as-Usual Power Planning

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Integrated Methodology Puts Energy Efficiency First A new report shows how planning for energy efficiency early in the power planning process can help governments to make better choices, avoid greenhouse gases, and make wiser investments.

Laos' Trial and Error Approach Threatens the Mekong

Fishers, south of Don Khone Island, Laos
Monday, November 11, 2013
Today a site visit is taking place to the Don Sahong Dam in southern Laos, which has been organized by the Lao Ministry of Energy and Mines and the Lao National Mekong Committee. This visit is an attempt to sell the project to neighboring countries despite the absence of a regional agreement or proven measures to mitigate environmental or social impacts of the project.

PR: Reducing Climate Vulnerability Through Healthy Rivers

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
New guide describes best practices for adapting to changing climate when dams threaten rivers and ecosystems they support Berkeley, USA: Climate change is bringing more extreme floods and droughts, and large dams can compound the impacts of both. Dam failures, levees that cut off rivers from their floodplains, and hydropower projects that lay idle in times of drought reduce the ability of societies to cope with the impacts of a changing climate. The new Civil Society Guide to Healthy Rivers and Climate Resilience by International Rivers explains how rivers strengthen climate resilience, how la

Belo Monte Dam Construction Suspended Again

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Last week the Federal Regional Court of the 1st Region (TRF-1) accepted a request made by public prosecutors of the Federal Public Ministry (MPF) and suspended the installation license (LI- Licença de Instalação) which had authorized the start of construction sites of the Belo Monte Hydroelelctric Dam in 2011. The Court also ruled that BNDES (Brazilian National Development Bank) should not transfer further resources to Norte Energia, the company responsible for construction of the dam complex, before the 40 conditions of the preliminary license (LP-Licença Prévia) are met. The ruling was

Brazilian Federal Court Rules for Public Scrutiny over BNDES Loans

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
A federal appeals court based in Rio de Janeiro (TRF-2) has ruled that the Brazilian National Development Bank (BNDES) must publicly disclose technical reports used for justifying approval of major loans.

Groups Protest World Bank Support for Destructive Dams and Fossil Fuels

Demanding Power 4 People at the World Bank
Saturday, October 12, 2013
The World Bank should shift its energy lending away from dirty power plants toward clean local energy for the poor, a coalition of civil society organizations said today during a protest outside the Bank’s annual meeting. The Power 4 People coalition – coordinated by International Rivers, Amazon Watch, and Jeunes Volontaires pour l’Environnement, and supported by 60 organizations from 31 countries – said it would urge governments to move global energy finance away from the World Bank if the multilateral institution did not abandon its focus on dirty energy projects.

PR: Canadian Mining Project in Xingu Seeks License Despite Environmental Irregularities

Indigenous protest of Belo Monte dam
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
A broad group of organizations from Brazil, Canada, the United States and Europe joined a campaign in defense of indigenous and traditional communities threatened by Canadian mining company Belo Sun's plans to build Brazil's largest gold mine on the banks of the Amazon's Xingu River.


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