Submitting Public Comments on CDM Projects

Wednesday, October 10, 2007
The CDM project approval process allows the public to submit comments on projects applying to be registered with the CDM's Executive Board. Once a project is registered it is then eligible to be issued with carbon credits. A CDM carbon credit is called a Carbon Emission Reduction (CER). Each CER is supposedly equivalent to an avoided emission of one tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent.Projects are open for public comments for 30 days as part of the project "validation" process. The comments are submitted to consulting companies known in the CDM jargon as Designated Operational Entities (DOEs).

China's Global Role: Other Resources

Monday, October 8, 2007
Resources for further research on China's role in dam building overseas, organized into the following categories: International Rivers's partners; civil society organizations, networks, and publications; academic sites; Chinese banks and export credit agencies; Chinese government institutions; and, Chinese dam building companies. Civil Society Organizations, Networks, and PublicationsFriends of the Earth. Friends of the Earth works to monitor and influence commercial banks and their lending practices within China.Bank Track Bank Track is a network of 24 international civil society organization

20 Things You Can Do for Rivers and Rights

The Sandy River in Oregon
The Sandy River in Oregon 1. Find out the name of your home watershed, its major creeks and rivers, and threats that could or are degrading water quality. Get involved with local watershed or river groups (or form one!) to monitor watershed or river health. Check out Waterkeeper Alliance to find your nearest group. 2. Calculate your ecological footprint, then reduce your energy use. Whether your energy supply comes from hydro, coal, oil, natural gas or a mix, electricity production has huge impacts for us all (not the least of which is climate change). Producing electricity also uses lots

Energy Solutions

Photo: Shannon Graham
Millions of people globally live without the benefit of modern energy services. Renewable energy technologies produce clean energy, can be better scaled to meet demand than large dams, reduce dependence on problematic energy sources such as fossil fuels and large hydro, and can be used in rural areas far from the grid, where most of the world’s un-electrified communities are located.

Alumínio e os Rios

O alumínio é um metal comum conhecido por quase todos no planeta, utilizado na construção de aviões e automóveis, em papel alumínio, panelas e frigideiras; em latas e bandejas dos restaurantes, em caixilhos de janela e fiação elétrica. Suas qualidades lhe garantiram uma presença cada vez maior em bens de consumo de todo o mundo. Entretanto, o custo econômico aparentemente baixo do alumínio e sua onipresença não correspondem aos altos custos para o meio ambiente decorrentes de sua mineração e refinação – florestas destruídas, água contaminada com resíduos de alumíni

Rampur Hydropower Project

River Sutlej makes its way to Rampur Busher in Himachal Pradesh
Friday, October 5, 2007
River Sutlej makes its way to Rampur Busher in Himachal Pradesh Himanshu Joshi The Government of India is building the 412 MW Rampur Hydropower Project in Himachal Pradesh with support from the World Bank and the Clean Development Mechanism. The Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests granted an environmental clearance to the project in March 2006.This project will be the Bank’s first step in its planned re-engagement in the hydropower sector in India after more than ten years of shying away from funding water infrastructure projects in the country. The communities to be affected by t

Maheshwar Dam

In early 2006, after a gap of five years, work on one of the largest planned dams in the Narmada valley - the long-contested 400MW Maheshwar Hydropower Project - had resumed, only to be stopped again by the Indian federal government in June 2006. The dam would submerge the fertile lands and homes of 100,000 people. On June 9, 2006, the government ruled that all construction on the dam must cease immediately.Human rights and water activists hope that this is the final nail in the coffin of the Maheshwar project. Resistance to the dam has always been fierce. Thousands of farmers, laborers and f

Lesotho Highlands Water Project: What Went Wrong?

Monday, October 31, 2005
LHWP What Went Wrong? Presentation to Chatham House Conference, July 10th 2000 "Corruption in Southern Africa – Sources and Solutions" I have been asked to discuss the charges currently being prosecuted in the Lesotho courts against 19 corporate and individuals accused of bribing a top official in the Lesotho Highlands Water Project in order to gain project contracts. My allotted task is to explore the question: "What went wrong?" I want to turn this question around. Instead of asking "What went wrong?" I would like to ask, "What went right? For whom?" I want to do so because I would like yo


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