Statement - Declaration

Civil Society Declaration at 6th World Water Forum, Marseille, 2012

Friday, March 23, 2012
Global water justice movement call to action for governments on the implementation of the human right to waterMarseille, March 2012As members of the water justice movement gathered in Marseille, France to mobilize against the 6th World Water Forum, we issue this statement which also carries the voices of many from around the world who have not come to Marseille. We are in Marseille to give voice to the positive agenda of global water justice movements. We are here to oppose the corporate driven World Water Forum, which poses as a multi-stakeholder platform on water policy. 
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Acuerdo Energético comprometería la seguridad energética nacional, el medio ambiente y la paz social

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Acuerdo Energético con Brasil comprometería la seguridad energética nacional, el medio ambiente y la paz social del paísPronunciamientoLima. Las organizaciones abajo firmantes, en el Día Internacional de Acción por los Ríos y en Contra de las Represas, exhorta al Congreso de la República a desestimar la aprobación del "Acuerdo para el suministro de electricidad al Perú y exportación de excedentes al Brasil" (Acuerdo Energético Perú - Brasil), y expresa su preocupación por la creación de la Comisión Multisectorial de Facilitación de Inversiones Energéticas, y

International Rivers Recommendations for the Rio+20 Summit

Monday, January 23, 2012
International Rivers submitted the attached recommendations for the 2012 UN Summit on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in October 2011.

Civil Society Statement Regarding Xiaonanhai Dam on the Upper Yangtze River

Great Bend of the Jinsha (upper Yangtze) River, China
Friday, December 16, 2011
Open letter by Professor Fan Xiao, a geologist and environmental scientist in China, endorsed by Chinese environmental groups, Friends of Nature and Green Earth Volunteers, concerning the construction of the Xiaonanhai Dam in the National Nature Reserve of Rare and Endemic Fish in the Upper Yangtze River. Statement Regarding the National Nature Reserve of Rare and Endemic Fish in the Upper Yangtze River On December 12, 2011, the State Council of the People's Republic of China, through Decree [2011] No. 156, issued a notice that the State Council supports the Ministry of Environmental Prot

Peruvian Declaration of National and International Organizations Affected by Hydroelectric Projects

The civil society organizations of Cajamarca, Cusco, Junin, Madre de Dios and Puno, as well as representatives from Brazil and Paraguay, came together at the "First National Meeting of Communities Threatened and Impacted by Hydroelectric Projects" in Lima, on the 4th and 5th of July, 2011, to exchange information and experiences, both national and international with respect to the social and environmental impacts of the construction of hydroelectric dams. We declare that: The construction of dams has led to the displacement of more than 80 million people around the world, violat

3S Community Joint Statement on the Lower Sesan 2 Hydropower Dam

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Joint StatementNational Consultation Workshop on Lower Sesan 2 Hydropower Dam- 400MW We, 68 representatives including 29 females, of indigenous people living along Sesan, Srepok and Sekong rivers, represent more than 500 families from Stung Treng province (6 communes and 18 villages) and from Ratanakiri province (6 districts, 21 communes and 74 villages), who have been seriously and negatively affected by the development of the Yali Falls Hydropower Dam in Vietnam. Given the fact that the construction of the 400 megawatt Lower Sesan 2 Hydropower Dam on the Sesan River in Stung Treng province i

Civil Society Statement on the Launch of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (HSAP)

Thursday, June 16, 2011
Congress of the International Hydropower Association Foz do Iguaçú, Brasil

 Make no mistake: the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (HSAP) is a purely voluntary assessment tool.  It has little basis in multilateral international agreements, and exerts no binding force.  This proposed Protocol risks weakening existing social and environmental standards and concentrating control over assessments in the hands of the hydropower industry, ignoring the democratic processes of national legislation and international accords.  

The HSAP seeks only to measure, not enforce, the

ONGs Peruanas Exigen Revision del Acuerdo Energetico Peru-Brasil en el Nuevo Congreso

Friday, June 10, 2011
Pronunciamiento del Colectivo Amazonía e Hidroeléctricas elaborado ante la posibilidad de aprobacion del Acuerdo Energético Perú -Brasil en su actual forma en el presente Congreso de la República. Las ongs peruanas exigen que se revise el acuerdo cuando se instale el proximo Congreso a partir de julio de 2011 con la administracion del nuevo presidente Ollanta Humala. Pronunciamiento Los abajo firmantes expresamos nuestra profunda preocupación ante la intención de aprobar, de manera apresurada e inconsulta, el Proyecto de Ley N° 4750/2010-PE, "Acuerdo entre el Gobierno de la Repúb

JVE Statement on Dams and Climate Change in Africa

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Dams are not solutions to climate change and Africa’s energy needs Since their independence, developing countries have been building large hydroelectric dams to boost their economy. Due to climate change water resources are becoming scarce. But it is clear that large dams do not meet energy needs of Africa nor solve disasters related to climate change. Given the widespread concern over climate change related to greenhouse gas emissions, dam promoters are now stressing that hydroelectricity is a clean source of energy, thus being the best candidate to substitute fossil fuel-based energy sourc

Comments on the Role of Hydropower in the World Bank's Energy Strategy

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Dams and Climate ChangeThe World Bank Energy Strategy incorrectly argues that hydropower is an appropriate response to climate change.  The report argues that hydropower with storage can help cope with climate variability and change through flood and drought management (paragraph 113).  However, as noted in paragraph 117, hydrological flow is itself affected by climate change-induced variability.  Reduced hydrological flow will render big-dam storage a less reliable source of water and energy, and could perversely reduce the ability of river-based communities to adapt to climate change. 


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