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Meet Our Executive Director

Jason Rainey
Jason Rainey is an engaged advocate, community organizer and executive director who for 20 years has contributed significantly to the economic justice and ecological restoration movements. Jason Rainey Jason served as Executive Director for the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) from 2005-2011, where he built a grassroots movement to restore a healthy Yuba River, championed the decommissioning of two federal dams, protected wild salmon runs, improved water quality and habitats, and fought new dams. Under his leadership, SYRCL expanded its award-winning River Monitoring Program, involv

Meet Our Executive Director

Monday, July 18, 2011
Meet our Executive Director Jason Rainey. July 2011 As the world's rivers are increasingly threatened by destructive large dams, International Rivers continues to grow and nurture the global movement for healthy rivers and human rights. Jason is supremely qualified to lead our organization in this challenging time. Jason Rainey has led economic justice and ecological restoration initiatives in California and around the world. He served as the Executive Director of the South Yuba River Citizens' League (SYRCL) for the past six years, where he energized a strong grassroots movement to re

Welcome YouTube Community!

Thanks for taking some time away from YouTube to visit our website.  If you haven't seen it already, take a look at our playlist, the best of International Rivers: Don't miss another video, subscribe now! Above are some of the best videos we have produced of yet, but we are always cranking away at more! Have a good idea for a river related video? Pitch it to us! All of our videos are available for free download from the Internet Archive, so we encourage you to take a look. If you end up remixing one of our videos for education, artistic purposes, a documentary – anything reall

A Reprieve For The Mekong

Site of the proposed Xayaburi Dam
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Xayaburi Dam DelayedSite of the proposed Xayaburi Dam On April 19, 2011, government representatives from Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia met to conclude the regional decision-making process on the Xayaburi Dam, the first dam proposed for the Lower Mekong Mainstream. At this meeting the four lower Mekong Basin countries agreed that the decision on the Xayaburi Dam be deferred and elevated to the Ministerial level. The April 19 decision brings a much needed, if temporary, reprieve to the mighty Mekong River. Whilst Laos proposed to proceed with the dam, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam cal

Mekong Under Threat

Site of the proposed Xayaburi Dam
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Governments to Decide on First Mainstream Dam April 19Site of the proposed Xayaburi Dam In September 2010, the Xayaburi Dam was the first of eleven proposed dams for the Lower Mekong River's mainstream to be submitted for approval by the region’s governments through a regional decision-making process hosted by the Mekong River Commission (MRC). Although the process has been severely flawed and the project's Environmental Impact Assessment of extremely poor quality, the decision date for this process is Tuesday April 19, 2011. The Xayaburi Dam is the single greatest threat

Media Kit on the Xayaburi Dam

Mekong River downstream of the Xayaburi Dam Site
Mekong River downstream of the Xayaburi Dam Site The Xayaburi Dam is the first of eleven dams proposed for the Lower Mekong River in Southeast Asia. It officially began construction in 2012 and as of May 2017 is more than 70% complete. As the first dam on the Mekong mainstream, there is serious concern it will open the way for further dam development, with significant consequences for the Mekong River and its people. Despite ongoing and unaddressed concerns regarding the transboundary impacts of the Xayaburi dam, especially on fish migration, the Lao government has moved forward with plans fo

Suspension of Belo Monte Called For by Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), part of the Organization of American States (OAS), has officially requested the Brazilian Government to immediately suspend the Belo Monte Dam Complex in the Amazonian state of Pará, pending proper consultations with potentially affected indigenous peoples living in the Xingu river basin. Belo Monte would negatively impact indigenous peoples and other traditional communities in the Xingu River basin, particularly those living along a 100km-stretch of the river known as the Volta Grande (Big Bend) that would be diverted into artificial re


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