China’s Role in Financing African Infrastructure

Monday, May 14, 2007
As part of its going-out strategy, China is rapidly expanding its economic cooperation with Africa. China Exim Bank plays an important role in this cooperation. The policy bank is financing more than 250 projects in Africa, primarily in the infrastructure sector. Infrastructure development is urgently needed in Africa. But many infrastructure projects are located in sectors (such as large dams, mining and forestry) which are socially and environmentally very sensitive. Social and environmental concerns need to be integrated in the planning of such projects. This International Rivers rep

Environmental Impact Assessment on the Cambodian Side of the Sesan River due to Hydropower Development in Vietnam

Friday, December 1, 2006
Report prepared by SWECO Grøner for Electricty of Vietnam and presented to Cambodian government officials on July 5th 2007. The meeting was boycotted by Cambodian civil society because dam affected people were excluded from the meeting.

Environmental Impact Assessment on the Cambodian Side of the Srepok River due to Hydropower Development in Vietnam

Wednesday, November 1, 2006
Report prepared by SWECO Grøner for Electricty of Vietnam. Presented at the "Stakeholder Meeting on EIA Report on Cambodian Part of Srepok River Due to Hydropower Development in Viet Nam" held in Phnom Penh on 12th January, 2007.

Report Documents Fisheries Losses on Sesan River Linked to Yali Falls Dam

Thursday, December 1, 2005
Through field research conducted over a one year period with local fishers, this study determines the current state of the Sesan Rivers fisheries. The study also reconstructs the status of the Sesan River’s fishery before, during and after construction of the Yali Falls dam, 80 km upstream of the Cambodian border in Vietnam through interviews with local fishers. The results of the study clearly indicate that the Yali Falls dam has generally led to serious negative downstream impacts on fish, fisheries and other aquatic life in the Sesan River in Ratanakiri Province, northeast Cambodia.

Hydropower Plans for the Lancang/Mekong River

Saturday, January 1, 2005
View a 2005 PowerPoint presentation about hydropower plans for the Lancang/Mekong River and how they feed into China’s energy markets

Integrated River Basin Management of the Sanaga River, Cameroon

Sanaga River, Cameroon
Friday, June 29, 2007
Sanaga River, Cameroon Integrated River Basin Management of the Sanaga River, Cameroon: Benefits and challenges of decentralised water management Download this report (PDF, 158KB) This paper was written as final assignment for the course ‘Integrated River Basin Management’ at the UNESCO Institute of Hydraulic Engineering, Delft, The Netherlands. 1. THE SANAGA RIVER BASIN The Sanaga River is the largest river in Cameroon and its basin covers almost a fourth of the country. It flows for 918 km from its source on the Adamawa Plateau to the mouth at the Atlantic Ocean near Dou

African Dams Briefing & Map

The African Dams Briefing is compiled by International Rivers’ Africa Program. The briefing is a working document meant to provide a basic synopsis of known, planned dams in Africa, including rehabilitation and expansion efforts. The information in this briefing is not comprehensive. An updated briefing is provided periodically as resources permit. Download the 2015 Africa dams briefing (PDF 1.1MB) Download the Map of Proposed African Dams (PDF 1.3MB) Download the Map Index (PDF 73KB) Click on the projects below for the exact location of proposed or rehabilitated projects that have internati

Sizing up the Grid

Saturday, October 30, 2004
Comparing the Mekong Power Grid to ADB Policies The Asian Development Bank is promoting the development of a regional power grid and electricity trading system in mainland Southeast Asia fueled primary by hydropower. This initiative threatens to undermine the fragile Mekong River ecosystem that millions depend on for their livelihoods and survival. This paper examines the ADB's development of the initiative and its compliance with Bank policies and strategies. The ADB envisions that China's Yunnan province, Burma and Laos – where hydropower potential is huge and community opposit

The Chixoy Dam Destroyed Our Lives

Monday, March 1, 2004
Chapter from Human Rights Dialogue: "Environmental Rights", Published by Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs. Describes the tragedy of the Maya-Achí people of Guatemala, victims of a World Bank-funded hydroelectric dam, and their efforts to reclaim their lives. Download document


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