Going Global: An Introduction to China's Overseas Dam Industry

Western financiers are not building as many dams as they used to. Now, more and more dams around the world are being built by Chinese institutions. China's overseas dam industry is now involved in over 200 big dams in regions such as the Mekong Basin and the Himalayas. These projects often pose enormous environmental and social risks. In this flash video, we introduce some of the Chinese companies and financiers involved in dam building overseas, and their overseas projects. We explain why it is important for these companies, as it is for dam builders everywhere, to adopt international standa

"We Fear the Unknown Future" - Mphanda Nkuwa Dam, Mozambique

Saturday, March 14, 2009
Independent filmmaker Liane Greeff created a 10-minute film, "We Fear the Unknown Future," for the 2009 International Day of Action for Rivers. It includes testimonies of communities living alongside the Zambezi River, who share their fears and concerns about the proposed Mphanda Nkuwa Dam. The film was made in collaboration with the Mozambique environmental justice organization Justica Ambiental, and South African NGO Environmental Monitoring Group. The film is based on findings from a field trip undertaken with International Rivers, Environmental Defense and Justical Ambiental.

Hydropower: Not As Clean as You Think

Hydropower is often touted at "clean energy." But how clean is it really? We explore the impacts of this often misunderstood energy source, in "Hydropower: Not As Clean As You Think."

Mayel Lyang Sut Lom (Voices from the Hidden Land)

Thursday, February 5, 2009
Mayel Lyang Sut Lom is a 20 minute documentary by Tapas Majumdar and Souparna Lahiri that shows the campaigns of the Lepcha community in Sikkim, India, against the construction of large dams in their homeland. The film shows the Lepcha’s struggle against the damming of the Teesta River and the destruction of the Dzongu region. Dzongu, on the banks of the Teesta, overlooks the sacred Khangchendzonga – the world’s third highest mountain – and is home to red pandas, snow leopards, and the famous Khangchendzonga National Park. The Lepcha are waiting in apprehension for the harbingers of

The Road to Doomsday

Friday, January 30, 2009
This 20-minute documentary by Tapas Majumdar, Indrajit Das and Souparna Lahiri, shot in 2006 and 2007, narrates the story of the changing landscape of West Bengal and Sikkim in the Himalayas in Northern India. The region is home to the fierce Teesta River, tropical evergreen forests, cultivated lands in the foothills of the mountains and small community settlements. Today, the Teesta River, called the lifeline of Sikkim, is being devastated by two large hydropower projects, Teesta III and Teesta IV, constructed by India’s state-owned National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC). Part 1 B

Hydropower on the Nu River

Thursday, November 20, 2008
China's Green Beat has produced this eight minute video that documents what's at stake if the Chinese government decides to move forward with plans to build dams on the Nu River.

Audio Slideshow: Mountains of Concrete

Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Video produced by Valdis Wish. More on dam building in the Himalayas Read the report: Mountains of Concrete

Rip-Offsets: The Failure of the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism

Monday, December 1, 2008
Barbara Haya, UC Berkeley researcher and International Rivers consultant, explains the shortcomings and implications of the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). Video produced by Valdis Wish.


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