Making Maps that Make a Difference

Thursday, January 11, 2007
A citizens' guide to making and using maps for advocacy workFrom the introduction: The purpose of this guide is to introduce the power and process of mapping for communities facing destructive development projects. Making Maps guide Mapping refers to any process that visually displays information at its location. The perspective could be looking directly down at farm areas, at a vertical slice along a riverbed, or at an angle to the landscape as if flying overhead. Each perspective communicates a different feel and understanding of the data represented. The common factor between them, howev

Represas, Rios y Derechos: Guia de accion para las comunidades afectadas por las represas

Sunday, December 31, 2006
La Red Internacional de Rios creo esta guia para la accion con el fin de contribuir a fortalecer a las comunidades amenazadas por nuevas represas y compartir ideas sobre el creciente movimiento internacional contra las represas. Esperamos que la informacion y herramientas de esta guia les ayude a decidir como exiger que les incluyan en las decisiones sobre construir represas.

River Keepers Handbook: A Guide to Protecting Rivers and Catchments in Africa

Saturday, May 1, 1999
This 52-page report takes a step toward creating a broad movement of people devoted to protecting their watersheds (or "catchments") in Southern Africa. The handbook is full of information that will help activists, communities, educators and individuals become informed river advocates, able to ask the right questions about river-development schemes and press for better alternatives. From the handbook: Southern Africa is, by and large, a dry place. Water is one of the region's most precious resources, and yet the region's life-giving sources of water – the catchments that funnel water to rive

Failed Mechanism: How the CDM is Subsidizing Hydro Developers and Harming the Kyoto Protocol

Sunday, December 2, 2007
The Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is set to provide massive subsidies to hydropower developers while increasing greenhouse gas emissions, according to an investigation by International Rivers. As of November 1, 2007, 654 hydro projects had received or applied to receive carbon credits from the CDM. If approved, these credits would provide hydro developers with a windfall of around a billion dollars each year. Hydro is now the most common technology in the CDM, representing a quarter of all projects in the project pipeline.International Rivers' report, "Failed Mechanism: Ho

Ruined Rivers, Damaged Lives

Ruined Rivers, Damaged Lives Cover
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
The Impacts of the Theun-Hinboun Hydropower Project on Downstream Communities in Lao PDR This report, commissioned by FIVAS, a Norwegian advocacy group, exposes the mounting social and environmental toll of the Theun-Hinboun Hydropower Project in the decade since it was completed. The Theun-Hinboun Power Company (THPC) is co-owned by Statkraft, a Thai power company and the Lao government. Ruined Rivers, Damaged Lives Cover The FIVAS investigation details increasingly severe flooding along the Hai and Hinboun Rivers over the last nine years largely due to water releases from the project.

Tenosique: análisis económicoambiental de un proyecto hidroeléctrico en el Río Usumacinta

Thursday, May 31, 2007
Este estudio del Conservation Strategy Fund se centra sobre el Proyecto Hidroeléctrico Tenosique, un proyecto bilateral sobre el Río Usumacinta entre México y Guatemala antes denominado Boca del Cerro. El proyecto hidroeléctrico fue analizado bajo cuatro criterios: la eficiencia financiera, la eficiencia económica, la distribución de beneficios y costos y la sostenibilidad ambiental. Bajar documento(español)

The MWRAS: Justifying large water infrastructure with transboundary impacts

Monday, January 29, 2007
The Mekong Water Resources Assistance Strategy (MWRAS), proposed by the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, and Mekong River Commission promotes the construction of controversial water infrastructure projects in three sub-regions of the Mekong Basin where transboundary impacts would occur that include dams, irrigation schemes, and water transfer projects. This paper, presented at the Regional Center for Sustainable Development conference "Critical Transitions in the Mekong Region", examines the central tenets of the MWRAS and explore its wider implications for water resources development in th


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