Sichuan Earthquake Damages Dams, May Be Dam-Induced

Zipingpu Dam, Sep. 14, 2007
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Zipingpu Dam, Sep. 14, 2007 AP Photo/GeoEye Satellite Image The tragic Sichuan Earthquake of May 12, 2008, which killed an estimated 80,000 civilians, also damaged hundreds of dams in Sichuan Province. Soon after the earthquake struck, the Chinese government reported that at least 391 dams had been damaged in the quake, including major cracks on the largest dam in the area, the Zipingpu Dam. Since then, the Ministry of Water Resources has reported that as many as 2,380 dams were damaged in the earthquake. Scientists in China and the US also fear that the earthquake may have been induced by th

The Great Carbon Offset Swindle - Videos

Videos from "The Great Carbon Offset Swindle" luncheon on May 8, 2008 at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. Temblor Throws Shadow on Big Dam Ambitions Nam Theun 2 Dam: Rising Water, Falling Expectations China Considers Earthquake Danger of Dams Engineers Face Testing Times as Thousands Flee Dam Threat

Ilisu Dam on the Rocks

Stop Ilisu Slideshow
Monday, April 28, 2008
Financiers May Withdraw From Ilisu Dam Last year, the governments of Switzerland, Austria and Germany approved export guarantees for the controversial dam, provided that the Turkish government comply with 150 conditions on social and environmental concerns. A committee of experts was set up to monitor the implementation of these conditions. In early 2008, just before the planned start of construction, the expert team published a devastating review, which concluded that Turkish authorities ignored most of the project’s environmental and social conditions. In March, Federal minister Heidemar

Grand Inga: Leaving Africans in the Dark?

Wednesday, April 23, 2008
The potential to profit from the world's largest dam project – the Grand Inga hydropower scheme, proposed for the Congo River – drew bankers, engineering firms and industrial interests to London in April 2008 to discuss financing for the $80 billion project. African civil society has been raising concerns about the project for some time, but was blocked from attending the London event. The meeting made clear that both the proposed Inga 3 and Grand Inga schemes would be developed primarily for major industries such as aluminum and mining interests. Project promoters would like the d

Community History of Inga 1 and Inga 2

According to Mr. Simon Malanda, representative of the displaced communities, the Inga site was inhabited by families from six clans who were forced to leave the site in 1920 under Belgian colonial orders. However, the project did not move forward for more than 30 years. In 1954-55, the Belgian authorities undertook a population survey of the site in order to know if people were still living in, or had returned to, the site. Mr. Malanda’s uncle, Mr. Ferdinand Sona, was recruited by the project planners to assist in the survey. After the survey was completed, Mr. Ferdinand led a community effo

World Energy Council Says No African Civil Society

Monday, April 21, 2008
The World Energy Council has blocked the participation of communties affected by Inga and African civil society groups from attending a high level financing workshop in London 21-22 April 2008 to discuss the future of Inga hydropower development. Ironically, the World Energy Council invited the same individuals to its 2007 Inga workshop held in Gaborone, Botswana. International Rivers engaged in a two-month correspondence pressing for the inclusion of the African civil society and representatives of affected communities. Read International Rivers' 10 Questions to participants of the Wo

International Rivers in the Media

Articles The Narmada Valley: Villages Flooded, Livelihoods Destroyed Article Published date: By Riam Firouz On June 11, 2007, the government of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh closed the gates of the Omkareshwar Dam in the Narmada Valley, flooding dozens of villages,... Grand Dam Plans for the Amazon Article Published date: Thursday, June 1, 2006 Schemes for Dozens of Dams on Tributaries Would Cho

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Belinga Dam, Gabon

Deforestation in Ivindo National Park
Deforestation in Ivindo National Park The Belinga Dam is one of two proposed dams that would generate power for the Belinga Iron Ore Project , which is located 500 kilometers east of Libreville, Gabon's coastal capital. The mine project is expected to produce some 30 million tons of iron ore annually. It is the country's largest investment and includes the Belinga iron ore facility, two hydropower projects to power the facility, 560 kilometers of railroad track from Belinga to Santa Clara, and a deep-water port in Santa Clara that will allow the ore to be shipped to China. China

Multilateral Development Banks’ Water and Energy Sector Pipelines

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