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World Bank Ignores Inconvenient Truths in Approving Bujagali Dam

Thursday, April 26, 2007
The World Bank’s approval today of $360 million in loans and guarantees for Uganda’s Bujagali Dam was based on a flawed study that downplays critical findings on climate change, hydrology and fisheries, according to a team of independent experts commissioned by Ugandan and US nongovernmental organizations. The dam could be disastrous for Lake Victoria, the world’s largest tropical lake, and a drag on Uganda’s economy. And its high cost means its electricity will not be affordable to the majority of Ugandans. International Rivers’s Lori Pottinger says, "The dam was a fait accompli fro

Save Mabira Crusade Press Statement on Emerging Events Following the April 12th Mabira Demonstration

Tuesday, April 17, 2007
A statement by Save Mabira Crusade following the arrest of civil society leaders. On the 12th April 2007, the Save Mabira Crusade in fraternity with the general public comprising of all civil society organizations, religious affiliations, political orientations, academicians, students, traders, legislators, women and men of Uganda and the global citizens residing in Uganda conducted the largest ever peaceful demonstration by Ugandans in defense of Mabira forest. On the13th April 2007, the Save Mabira Crusade issued a press statement condemning in the strongest terms the killings, looting, maim

NAPE (Uganda) Responds to Minister of Energy

Friday, December 17, 2004
Lashing Out at NGOs will not bring electricity to Uganda: Response to the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, Hon. Syda N. M. Bbumba’s Article Titled,"Response to Article attributed to Col. (RTD) Dr. Kiiza Besigye" The National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE) has critically studied, analyzed and reflected on the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, Hon. Syda Bbumba’s statement, which appeared in the Sunday Monitor and Sunday Vision of November 18, 2004. We note that the article by the Minister mentions NAPE, Save Bujagali Crusade (SBC) and

Internal World Bank Report Reveals Major Problems with Uganda Dam

Monday, June 10, 2002
The planned Bujagali Dam in Uganda violates five key World Bank policies. This is the conclusion of a confidential new report by the Inspection Panel, the World Bank’s investigative body. The Panel report suggests a series of corrective measures to rectify the project’s problems. International Rivers calls for these measures to be carried out before more funding for the project is approved by the Bank’s Executive Board. * * * The planned Bujagali Dam in Uganda, proposed by the US–based AES Corporation, violates the World Bank’s policies on involuntary resettlemen

World Bank Misleads Executive Board to Win Approval for Uganda Dam

Monday, June 3, 2002
The World Bank plans to extend a political risk guarantee of $250 million to the Bujagali dam in Uganda. A confidential Bank report obtained by International Rivers shows that the World Bank is misleading its own Executive Board on many accounts in order to win approval for the hydropower project. The Bank is pushing for the project’s immediate approval, preempting the discussion of a detailed internal investigation of Bujagali which was submitted to the Board last Thursday. The guarantee for the project is scheduled to be approved by the Board on Tuesday, 4 June. * * * Th

"Solving the Klamath Crises" Film at La Peña

Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Elizabeth Brink, International Rivers, +1 510-848-1155,' A New Lease on Life for the Klamath River: Bring the Hydro Dams Down!The story of the Klamath River is usually told as a zero-sum game that pits Native American tribes against farmers and farmers against environmentalists. But that storyline leaves out the four biggest culprits in the near demise of the Klamath River. Four hydroelectric dams-among them the aptly titled Iron Gate dam-owned by Warren Buffet’s PacifiCorp, have seriously degraded the river’s legendary salmon runs, encouraged toxic blooms of

Death of the Zombie Dam: Indian Government Halts Construction of Controversial Maheshwar Dam

Friday, June 1, 2007
International Rivers Network Press Release on the halt of construction activities at Maheshwar Dam in the Narmada Valley in June 2006. "This should be the final blow to this controversial project which seems to keep rising from the dead" says Ann-Kathrin Schneider, South Asia Coordinator for International Rivers Network.

Free with 84 Lumber Wood Products: Controversy from Chile

Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Pennsylvania Company’s Chilean Wood Buying Threatens Two Pristine RiversOne of Pittsburgh’s best known corporate citizens, 84 Lumber Company, has gotten itself entangled in a furor over plans to dam two unspoiled and spectacularly beautiful rivers in Chilean Patagonia. 84 Lumber buys wood products made by the Matte Group, a Chilean company deeply involved in the dam plans. And now an international campaign – led by International Rivers and supported by Pennsylvanian environmental activists – is urging 84 Lumber to sever its ties to the controversy.Country singer Dana Lyons—whose song

Nam Theun 2 Investigation Exposes Project Failings

Wednesday, May 23, 2007
"Model" Project Leaves Lao Villagers in the Lurch The Nam Theun 2 (NT2) hydropower project in central Laos, touted by the World Bank and others as a "model" dam and development project, is in danger of becoming yet another failed effort, according to a report released today by International Rivers.The report, based on a recent site visit by International Rivers staff, shows that as Nam Theun 2’s construction hits the halfway point, the dam’s social and environmental programs lag critically behind. The failures revealed by International Rivers are in three impact


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