The World Commission on Dams and Epupa Dam

Epupa has been under consideration by the government since the early 1990s. The government has hired consultants to prepare feasibility studies on the dam, and has held some public hearings on the project. But the process thus far has been flawed, and does not measure up to the WCD's recommendations. Following are some ways in which the planning process for Epupa thus far falls short: Rights and Risks: The WCD guidelines are based on a "rights and risks" approach to development. This means that all stakeholders whose rights might be affected, and all stakeholders who have

On the Wrong Side of Development: Lessons Learned from the LHWP

Thursday, June 1, 2006
The Lesotho Highlands Water Project was expected to offer direct developmental benefits to Lesotho's citizens, and especially its dam-affected people, in the form of jobs, better roads, tourism growth, water supply, environmental protection, and other things. But instead, the LHWP brought suffering to the communities resettled to make way for the project’s huge dams and roads. Tales of demolished houses, fields destroyed, hopes dashed are testimony to the cruel results of the project, a sad contradiction to the project’s treaty which promised a life “not inferior to one obtaining befo

Dams and Development: A New Framework for Decision-Makers

Monday, March 1, 2004
Based on the WCD Report and the South African Initiative on the WCD

Can the Nile States Dam Their Way To Cooperation?

Monday, March 1, 2004
Download this report (PDF, 220KB) “One day, every last drop of water which drains into the whole valley of the Nile… shall be equally and amicably divided among the river people, and the Nile itself … shall perish gloriously and never reach the sea.” -Winston Churchill, 1908 Introduction The Nile Basin – home to 160 million people in 10 countries, four of which are “water scarce” – has for years been a global hotspot for potential conflict over water resources. Water experts elieve there is not enough water in the river to meet the various irrigation goals of the Nile

Plan Puebla Panama Exists and Mesoamerica Resists

Sunday, January 1, 2006
On March 12, 2001 Mexican President Vicente Fox officially announced the launch of the Plan Puebla Panama (PPP), with the goal of bringing development to theso-called "backward south" of Mexico and to promote Mesoamerican regional integration. In the five years since then, public resources have been used to create, extend and modernize infrastructure for transportation and energy.These projects' primary beneficiaries are enormous transational corporations governed by the logic of free plunder -- otherwise known as free trade. Produced by UCIZONI - Mexico Download file

Third Meso-American Forum Against Dams

Saturday, July 17, 2004
Carolina, San Miguel, El Salvador 2004 THE CAROLINA DECLARATION In the municipality of Carolina, department of San Miguel, El Salvador, 536 people affected by and at risk of displacement due to the construction of dams and projects to privatize water as promoted by governments, transnational companies and financial institutions, from the Meso-American region and other international communities, we have come together at the Third Meso-American Forum Against Dams to share our struggles and problems and to build strategies to defend our lives. For three days, we, women and men from Panama, Cost

Declaration of the Second Mesoamerican Forum Against Dams

Thursday, July 24, 2003
DECLARATION OF THE SECOND MESOAMERICAN FORUM AGAINST DAMS: "FOR THE WATER AND LIFE OF OUR COMMUNITIES La Esperanza, Intibuca, Honduras July 18th to the 24th, 2003 Preoccupied by the rising invasion of repressive construction projects that huge transnational corporations and multilateral organisms in alliance with the corrupt governments of the Mesoamerican region impose, approximately 150 of us come together: displaced, widowed, orphaned, we are survivors of the repression. Download document

Declaration from the Mesoamerican Forum for Life

Saturday, March 23, 2002
Declaration from the Mesoamerican Forum for Life "WATER, LIGHT, AND LAND FOR ALL!" Cooperativa Unión Maya Itzá, Petén Guatemala Unión Maya Itzá, Petén, Guatemala, 23 de marzo de 2002 Between March 21st 23rd, men and women representing 98 organizations and communities from 21 countries met faced with the general preoccupation caused by the plans for the construction of dams with different ends in different regions. The Mesoamerican Movement Against Dams and for Rivers was formed at this meeting. Download document


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