New Coalition Launched to Save the Mekong River

Friday, March 13, 2009
On March 14th, the International Day of Action for Rivers, the Save the Mekong coalition launched a new campaign to protect the Mekong River from eleven dams planned for the river's mainstream. The Mekong River is the region's lifeline. If built, these dams would destroy the river's rich fisheries, placing at risk the livelihoods and food security of millions of people. You can support this new campaign by signing the coalition’s online petition to ask the region's Prime Ministers to keep the Mekong mainstream free of dams. The Save the Mekong coalition is a new partnership of local and

Shripad Dharmadhikary, Manthan Adhyayan Kendra, India

address: Dashera Maidan Road Badwani, Madhya Pradesh, India tel: +91 7290 222 857 web: email: or Personal background Shripad Dharmadhikary is the founder of Manthan Adhyayan Kendra. He completed his graduation in 1985 with a Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay. He worked for a couple of years with industry and then was a full time activist of the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) for 12 years. NBA is the mass organisation of people affected by large dams on the Nar

Frank Muramuzi, National Association of Professional Environmentalists, Uganda

address: Plot 951/952, Bombo Road, P.O. Box 29909 Kampala, Uganda web: tel: +256 414 530181 mobile: +256 772 492362 email:, Personal background I am the Executive Director of the National Association of Professional Environmentalists, of which I am a founding member. NAPE advocates for sustainable use of natural resources. I have a Bachelors degree in Environmental Education of Makerere International Institute of Environmental and Practical Skills and a Diploma in Adult Education of Makerere University. NGO, movement or n

Pianporn Deetes, Living Rivers Siam, Thailand

Tuesday, March 10, 2009
website email: cell: +66 81 422 0111 Personal background Ms. Pianporn Deetes is the coordinator of the Living River Siam and has been working on transboundary environmental issues in Mainland Southeast Asia for over seven years. NGO, movement or network Living River Siam is a campaign-based organization, working to support local community rights to their rivers, and to oppose threats to rivers and riverine ecosystems in Thailand, the Mekong, and Salween River Basins, such as large dams and water diversion projects. Living River Siam also coordinates the Thai da

Energy Efficiency

Monday, March 2, 2009
Reducing the impact of our use of energy is one of the key technical, political, and even moral challenges facing human society in this century. While our sources of energy have to be made cleaner, our first priority must be to use energy more efficiently. The good news is that efficiency measures are cheaper, cleaner and faster to install than any other energy option. And we lose nothing in the bargain – the point of efficiency is to allow us the same levels of productivity or comfort, but with less power.

African Development Bank Pipeline: Projects to Watch

Some proposed African Development Bank dam projects, and a selection of other proposed energy and water projects, excerpted from the ADB Business Bulletin. Last updated January 9, 2012. Cameroon - Chad Electricity Interconnection Environmental Assessment Category: No information available Type of Loan: NA Amount: US$277.4 million Status: No information available Project Description: The project's specific objectives are to ensure balance between supply and demand for electricity in Cameroon and Chad. Part A of the project involves the rehabilitation of the hydroelectric plant situated in

Kariba Dam Safety Concerns

Kariba Dam
Friday, February 13, 2009
The 128-meter-high Kariba Dam is one of Africa’s biggest. Operated by the Zambezi River Authority on behalf of Zimbabwe and Zambia, it has been a cause for concern on a number of safety issues, including from its earliest days when the filling of its reservoir caused earthquakes, to more recent times when rumors began to surface that the huge dam had structural problems and suffered from poor maintenance. Kariba has also worsened the region's floods in recent years. Earthquakes Kariba Dam The filling of what was then the world's largest reservoir was followed by considerable

Dam Safety in Southern Africa: Will the Walls Come Tumbling Down?

Kariba Faults
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
The Mozambican NGO, JA-Justica Ambiental released the following statement on the dam safety in Southern African region for the Day of Action for Rivers, Water and Life in 2006. As a developing country, Mozambique, and the whole Southern African region, has a growing demand for electricity. Given Mozambique’s hydroelectric potential, much interest has been shown in building more dams on some of the country’s large rivers. The project that has been most keenly examined is the Mphanda Nkuwa Dam, proposed for the lower Zambezi about midway between the City of Tete and the existing Cahora B

HidroAysén's Severely Flawed Environmental Study

In late August 2008, the Chilean-European company--HidroAysén--planning to dam Chile’s Baker and Pascua rivers submitted an environmental study (EIA) for review by Chilean public services.  Thirty-two public services participated in this review, which identified more than 3,000 problems with the EIA.  Here is a summary of the most glaring deficiencies found in the EIA by Chile’s public services: MAPPING DEFICIENT.   The EIA contains insufficient mapping to show precisely where the project works, including reservoirs to be created by each dam, would be located. REQUIRED FLOODIN

Socially Responsible Investors to Home Depot: Damming Patagonia Risky

Monday, February 2, 2009
The pressure is mounting on Home Depot because it has so far failed to keep its promise to protect Chilean forests threatened by plans for dams and transmission lines in Patagonia. In mid-January 2009, 5 of the top US Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) funds warned Home Depot in writing that the plans to dam Chile's Baker and Pascua rivers threaten Home Depot's relationship with investors looking for environmental and social responsibility. The problem is that Home Depot suppliers CMPC and Arauco are deeply involved in the Patagonian dam and transmission line plans that would destroy Chilea


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