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Lao Dam Commences Operation Amidst Controversy

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The Theun-Hinboun Power Company commenced operation of its Expansion Project in Central Laos today, jeopardizing the livelihoods of tens of thousands of people. The project, consisting of a new dam on the Nam Ngouang River and a doubling of capacity at the existing Theun-Hinboun powerhouse, will double the amount of water being diverted into the Hai and Hinboun Rivers, causing extensive flooding and other impacts.

Ethiopian Dam Threatens to Turn Lake Turkana into "East Africa's Aral Sea"

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ethiopian Dam and Irrigation Projects Threaten to Turn Kenya’s Lake Turkana into “East Africa’s Aral Sea”New paper documents impending threat to regional peace and security in volatile Horn of AfricaA new report documents how a dam and series of irrigation projects being built in Ethiopia threaten the world’s largest desert lake, and the hundreds of thousands of people who depend on it. It describes how hydrological changes from the Gibe III Dam and irrigation projects now under construction in the Omo River Basin could turn Lake Turkana in Kenya into East Afric

BNDES Approves Unprecedented Loan for Controversial Amazon Dam

Thursday, November 29, 2012
Brasilia, Brazil: This Monday, the Brazilian National Development Bank (BNDES) announced approval of an unprecedented loan of BRL 22.5 billion (approximately US$10.8 billion) for construction of the controversial Belo Monte Dam project on the Xingu River, a major tributary of the Amazon.

Laos Evades Responsibility and Plows Ahead with Xayaburi Dam

Monday, November 5, 2012
VIENTIANE, LAOS – In clear defiance of its neighbors and a regional agreement, the Lao government has announced that it will break ground at the Xayaburi Dam on the Mekong River.

Thai Communities Protest Xayaburi Dam at the Asia-Europe Summit

Sunday, November 4, 2012
As world leaders gathered in Laos for the Asia-Europe Summit, villagers from Thailand protested the Xayaburi Dam on the Mekong River.

Finland To Investigate Pöyry’s Role in Xayaburi Dam

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
HELSINKI, FINLAND – The Government of Finland has announced plans to investigate the role of the Pöyry Group in the controversial Xayaburi Hydropower Project on the Mekong River in Laos.

Local Alliance Renews Occupation of Belo Monte Dam in Brazil

FIshermen form a line to block access to the construction site of a coffer dam on the Xingu River
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Altamira, Brazil – Yesterday 120 indigenous demonstrators from the Xipaia, Kuruaia, Parakanã, Arara, Juruna and Assurini peoples united with a group of fishermen who have maintained a steadfast 24-day occupation of the Belo Monte Dam's main work camp on the Xingu River.

Federal Public Prosecutors file lawsuit calling for suspension of São Luiz do Tapajós dam

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The Federal Public Prosecutor's Office (MPF) filed a lawsuit today calling for suspension of environmental licensing for the controversial Sao Luiz do Tapajós dam, slated for construction on the Tapajós River, a major tributary of the Amazon. The lawsuit charges that the 6,133 MW dam project was politically approved by the administration of President Dilma Rousseff, while ignoring legal requirements for prior consultations with threatened indigenous and riverbank populations and analyses of cumulative impacts caused by a cascade of dams proposed for the Tapajós river. The MPF argues that, i

Fishermen Paralyze Construction of the Belo Monte Dam

Thursday, September 20, 2012
On Wednesday, a group of about 50 fishermen prevented a ferry from transporting machines and workers to a coffer dam being built for the Belo Monte Dam Complex, setting up a protest camp on one of the main islands of the Xingu River near the construction site.

Dam-Dependent Zambezi Basin Unprepared for Climate Change

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
An in-depth study warns that new and proposed dams on Southern Africa’s largest river are ill-prepared to withstand the shocks of a changing climate.


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