Li Miao Lovett

Li Miao Lovett is an award-winning author from San Francisco who tells stories of cultural and environmental change. Her debut novel, In the Lap of the Gods (Leapfrog Press, 2010), tells the tale of the dam that uproots a million lives and a poor salvager who losses everything but finds an abandoned baby girl. Lovett has published articles and stories in Narrative Magazine, Earth Island Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, KQED Perspectives, and others. Her literary work has won awards in both fiction and nonfiction.


Protest against the Kajbar Dam in Sudan
Friday, January 21, 2011
白好德 国际河流政策主任 Protest against the Kajbar Dam in Sudan 在苏丹,已建成的数座大坝让数以万计的人们沦为赤贫,且造成多起侵犯人权的恶性事件。如今,中国的公司又斩获多份合同,要在该国修建另外三座水电大坝。尤其令人担忧的是,尼罗河大坝计划将危及卡及巴尔附近古努比亚人的家园。这个大坝项目已经造成严重的人权侵害行为。受影响的人们强烈反对该项工程,可以说,该地区已出现另一个达富尔冲突的幽灵。 苏丹政府计划将喀土穆附近

Documenting Belo Monte Dam's Risks: Buyer Beware

The Belo Monte Hydroelectric Complex – slated to be built on the Xingu River – poses serious financial, legal and social risks to local communities and investors alike. In December 2010, the Brazilian National Development Bank (BNDES) announced the approval of a "bridge loan" of 1.09 billion reais (US$640mn) to cover Belo Monte's initial costs. An illegal "partial installation license" was approved in January 2011, despite warnings from the federal public prosecutor (Ministério Público Federal) in the state of Pará that no such environmental license exists under Brazilian legislati

Parting Words from Patrick McCully

This is the last official communication from our previous Executive Director, Patrick McCully. Your tax-deductible gift to International Rivers will help us to wage effective campaigns to protect endangered rivers such as the Amazon and the Mekong, and defend the rights of riverine communities around the world. After 17 years with International Rivers I'm leaving at the end of January to become Executive Director of Black Rock Solar, a non-profit based in San Francisco that installs solar panels while also doing clean energy advocacy, art and education. But the struggle for healthy riv

Nam Theun 2 Dam Inauguration Hides Project’s Real Costs

Tuesday, December 7, 2010
More Than 100,000 People Continue to Suffer Impacts After over a decade of controversy, the Nam Theun 2 Hydropower Project in central Laos was inaugurated this week, although there is little reason to celebrate. As tens of thousands of people continue to suffer the impacts of the project, 34 civil society groups and individuals from 18 countries have called on the World Bank and Asian Development Bank to take immediate action to meet their promises to affected communities.The project has displaced 6,200 indigenous people on the Nakai Plateau and affected more than 110,000 people downstream w

Comments to SASC on the El Quimbo Hydroelectric Project (Colombia)

Saturday, November 27, 2010
International Rivers Comments to the Spanish Association for Standardisation and Certification (SASC) on the CDM Project Design Document for El Quimbo Hydroelectric ProjectThe El Quimbo Hydroelectric Project in Huila, Colombia on the Magdalena River should not be registered as a CDM project, as it is clearly not additional and has negative social and environmental impacts. The project developer tries to use the benchmark, barrier, and common practice analysis to show that the project is additional. In all three cases the arguments presented are full of holes. As shown by new research from the

The Heat is on the CDM in Cancun

"Human Hurricane" by in Mexico City
The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, MexicoNovember 29 - December 10, 2010 "Human Hurricane" by in Mexico City Photographer: Ricardo Villarreal T./Artist: Pablo Caballero. For the next two weeks, 192 nations are meeting in Cancun to discuss how best to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change. Unfortunately, not much progress is expected. The big polluters, in particular the developed countries that have historically emitted the bulk of greenhouse gases, are not willing to reduce emissions by anything like the levels that the science demands. An

Report Back From International Day of Action for the Cancellation of El Zapotillo

Friday, November 12, 2010
Thank you to everyone who took action on November 10th More than 1,500 people signed the petition to cancel El Zapotillo Dam.  Thousands of people from 18 countries around the world participated in demonstrations as part of an International Day of Action to Cancel El Zapotillo Dam. Dam-affected people, activists and their allies held protests outside the Mexican Embassies in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Panama, Spain, Turkey and the US. Friends from Australia, Costa Rica, Chile, Germany, France, South Africa, India and El Salvador, sent letters addressed to the Mexican Gov

Indigenous and Riverbank Communities Call on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to Suspend the Massive Belo Monte Dam

Tuira and the women's movement leader
Thursday, November 11, 2010
As the government prepares to issue the dam’s construction license, communities urge the Commission to denounce illegalities in licensing and violations of human rights Tuira and the women's movement leader Glenn Switkes Affected communities have formally issued a request to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), part of the Organization of American States, to investigate illegalities in licensing and alleged human rights violations in the planning and implementation of the Belo Monte Dam Complex. Such illegalities and violations have been well documented, ranging from the

Porque el Peru cede su potencial energetico al Brasil y maltrata a su Amazonia?

Un mapa con informaciones preparadas por la Sociedad Peruana de Defensa del Ambiental sobre las represas que el Brazil contempla construir en el Amazonia peruana, y otras fuentes alternativas de energia en el Peru. Bajar documento


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