Xayaburi Dam: How Laos Violated the 1995 Mekong Agreement

Monday, January 28, 2013
The 1995 Mekong Agreement is the framework that Southeast Asian governments use to decide whether the build dams on the Mekong River, but it remains poorly understood. Construction is now underway on the controversial Xayaburi Hydropower Project, the first mainstream dam proposed for the Lower Mekong River. The process has not gone smoothly. Construction activities began almost two years before the official announcement. Vietnam and Cambodia called for a delay in construction because concerns over the dam’s transboundary impacts remained unresolved. Laos never conducted a comprehensive analy

Gibe III's Impacts on Lake Turkana

Fishing at Lake Turkana
Thursday, January 10, 2013
East Africa's “Aral Sea” in the Making?“If Ethiopia completes the Gibe III Dam and continues to press ahead with large-scale irrigation developments, the result will be a cascade of hydrological, ecological and socio-economic impacts that will generate a region-wide crisis for indigenous livelihoods and biodiversity and thoroughly destabilize the Ethiopia-Kenyan borderlands around Lake Turkana. The long-term effect could parallel what has happened to Central Asia’s Aral Sea, one of the planet’s worst environmental disasters.” So begins a paper that describes how hydrological change

A Proposed Power Development Plan for Thailand 2012

Monday, October 15, 2012
Thailand’s Power Development Plan (PDP) is the master investment plan for the country’s power system development prepared by the state-owned Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT). The official PDP 2010 reflects a planning process in crisis by selecting excessive amounts of controversial, expensive, risky, and polluting power plants over cheaper, cleaner, and safer alternatives, the PDP is at odds with both Thai energy policy as well as the interests of the vast majority of Thai people. In response to the flaws of Thailand’s PDP, a new report and PDP entitled Proposed Pow

3S Rivers Under Threat

Sunday, October 14, 2012
In order to better understand the challenges confronting the 3S Rivers region’s natural resources and its people, this report from International Rivers and the 3S Rivers Protection Network provides information on the policies, agendas and various actors playing a role in hydropower development in the Sesan, Srepok and Sekong (3S) river basins in Cambodia, Vietnam and Lao PDR. International Rivers and the 3S Rivers Protection Network hopes that this report will help fill information gaps and promote discussion amongst stakeholders about the future of the 3S Rivers and the people who depe

The Xayaburi Dam: Threatening Food Security in the Mekong

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Even during the early stages of construction on the Xayaburi Dam, food insecurity is growing as communities lose access to the Mekong River resources on which they depend.

A Risky Climate for Southern African Hydro

The 13 major sub-basins of the Zambezi River Basin.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
An in-depth study of the hydrological risks to hydropower dams on the Zambezi River gives an early warning about what Southern Africa could be facing as it contemplates plans for more large hydropower dams in a time of climate change.

Norway's Role in Global Hydropower

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
In a new report, we survey Norway’s diverse forms of support for the global hydropower sector, and examine some of its surrounding controversies.

Will Safeguards Survive the Next Generation of Development Finance?

Thursday, July 12, 2012
Each year, international institutions such as the World Bank and United Nations invest in activities that contribute to broader goals — such as economic growth, food production, or greenhouse gas emission reductions — but that carry significant environmental and social risks. To reduce these risks, many international institutions have adopted policies called “safeguards” to help ensure that their investments do not have unintended consequences on people and ecosystems. This paper reviews the history of safeguards and changing trends in the way that international institutions apply them

An Alternative Power Development Plan for Guatemala

Energize Guatemala: Proposal for a Sustainable Energy Plan
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The purpose of this study is to critically examine the government’s electricity development plans and to determine if there is a more sustainable and economically efficient solution to meet the country’s future electricity needs.

The Brazilian Electricity Sector and Sustainability in the 21st Century: Opportunities and Challenges

Sunday, November 11, 2012
This publication presents the results of a joint effort undertaken by a group of researchers and socio-environmental NGOs aimed at promoting critical analysis and proposals for new public policies to meet the challenges of Brazil’s electrical energy sector in the 21st century.


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