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PR: Fish Plunder at Stake, Laos Announces Plans to Build Don Sahong Dam

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
On Monday, Laos notified the Mekong River Commission (MRC) and member countries of its intent to build its second Mekong mainstream project, the 260 MW Don Sahong Dam. As the Don Sahong Dam will block the only channel available for dry-season fish migrations on the Mekong River, the move places the world’s largest inland fishery at stake. Through its letter of ‘prior notification’ provided to the MRC, Laos has side-stepped its responsibilities to submit the project to the MRC’s ‘prior consultation’ process, despite earlier statements made by the MRC Secretariat and its internationa

Federal Court Suspends Public Hearings for Controversial São Manoel Dam

Proposed site of São Manoel Dam on the Teles Pires River.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
A Federal Court ordered the suspension of public hearings on the environmental licensing of the São Manoel Dam in Brazil, designed to be built on the Teles Pires River in the Amazon, on the border between the states of Pará and Mato Grosso . The hearings were scheduled for this Friday, September 27th, Sunday the 29th, and Monday the 30th, in the towns of Paranaíta, Jacareacanga, and Itaituba, respectively

PR: Federal Judge Suspends Construction of Controversial Teles Pires Dam

Teles Pires construction site.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Brasilia, Brazil: Federal judge Antônio Souza Prudente has ordered the immediate suspension of construction on the Teles Pires hydroelectric project – one of five large dams planned for the Teles Pires River, a major tributary of the Tapajós River in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon.

PR: Indigenous People Renew Occupation of the Belo Monte Dam

Parakanã and Juruna indigenous communities blocked a main access road to the Belo Monte dam site.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Altamira, Brazil: Some 150 indigenous people affected by the construction of the Belo Monte Dam complex in the Brazilian Amazon occupied one of the project's principle work camps on September 16, halting construction activities on a section of the world's third largest dam.

Indigenous Rights Violations Back In Brazilian Courts

Sheyla Juruna leads a protest in Brasilia in February 2011
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Altamira, Brazil – Recent lawsuits by Brazil's Federal Public Prosecutors (MPF) concerning the Belo Monte dam are demanding accountability from the dam-building Norte Energia consortium, Brazil's National Development Bank (BNDES), and the state environmental agency IBAMA for noncompliance with mandated mitigation measures concerning the Juruna and Xikrin Kayapó, two indigenous groups affected by the mega-project.

Mining, Dams, Other Threats to Unprotected Futaleufu River

Friday, August 23, 2013
The latest edition of the bilingual magazine Patagon Journal exposes several threats to the Futaleufú River, a globally-renowned river located in Chile’s Palena province, including a controversial hydroelectric dam project by multinational company Endesa.

Continued Work Towards the Don Sahong Dam Threatens Havoc for Mekong Fisheries

Boy with fishing net in Don Sadam
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Work on the second Mekong mainstream dam, the Don Sahong Dam, is progressing rapidly. A site visit by International Rivers last week confirmed that work on the dam’s access roads and bridge is scheduled to begin next year.

Indigenous Peoples Protest Destructive Sarawak Dams, Corruption at Industry Conference in Malaysia

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
More than three hundred indigenous people of the Penan, the Kenyah, the Kayan, and Iban ethnic groups protested this morning against the recently finished Bakun Dam, the Murum Dam currently under construction, and a series of controversial dams on the island of Borneo, at the opening of the International Hydropower Association's (IHA) biennial conference.

PR: International Activists Block Ilisu Dam Site

International activists stand in solidarity against Turkey's Ilisu Dam, which threatens to drown Hasankeyf, a World Heritage site
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Representatives of dam-affected communities and international organizations from South America, the Middle East, Europe, the US and Africa blocked the entrance to the construction site of the Ilisu Dam in southeast Turkey, demanding an end to the controversial development that would flood Hasankeyf, a Bronze Age city and World Heritage site.

PR: With Inga Dams, Donors Set to Repeat Past Failures

Boatmen on Congo River
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Berkeley/Pretoria: Governments and the World Bank plan to move forward with new mega-dams on the Congo River. NGOs warn this approach will repeat the failures of the past.


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