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Current Status of Dam Projects on Burma’s Salween River

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
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Factsheet: Pöyry's Role in the Xayaburi Dam Controversy

Monday, February 25, 2013
Finnish engineering company Pöyry has become embroiled in a high profile water dispute between four governments in Southeast Asia. This factsheet describes how Pöyry’s participation in the Xayaburi Dam has fueled the dispute.


Friday, May 25, 2012
From its headwaters in the Tibetan Plateau to its estuary in Burma, the Salween River supports over ten million people. For many decades, it was the longest free-flowing river in Southeast Asia. It sustains rich fisheries and farmlands central to the lives of many indigenous communities living along its banks. However, large dam cascades in China and Burma are being planned in complete secrecy, with no participation from affected communities and no analysis of the cumulative impacts or seismic risks of these projects.

Avances en el Campo de las Emisiones de Embalses

Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Un número grande y creciente de estudios científicos indican que los embalses, especialmente en los trópicos, son una fuente global significativa de contaminación por gases de invernadero. Instituciones importantes como la Asociación Internacional de Hidroenergía (International Hydropower Association) y la Convención Marco de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático (UNFCCC) han desarrollado directrices específicas para medir las emisiones de los embalses en el campo, aunque éstas no son obligatorias en países que realizan inventarios nacionales de gases de invernadero. Lea el

Wrong Climate for Big Dams

Thursday, November 3, 2011
Destroying Rivers Will Worsen Climate CrisisRead the full fact sheet: (English)(Spanish)(Portuguese)(Chinese)(Hindi)(Bangla)(German)(Urdu)(Russian) Proponents of large dams, hoping to capitalize on concern for climate change, are promoting a major expansion of large dams in developing countries. Yet large dams are highly vulnerable to climate change, which is changing rivers in ways we cannot predict. At the same time, healthy rivers are critical for helping people adapt to a changing climate. We need a water and energy revolution that dramatically cuts climate pollution and preserves the plan

Patagonia's Rivers at Risk

Patagonia's Rivers at Risk
Friday, June 24, 2011
Patagonia is a region of mystery and striking diversity, one of the precious few places on the planet where the array of natural beauty still defies humankind's imagination. But Patagonia is under threat by a proposal to build five dams on two of its wildest rivers. The dams would flood globally rare forest ecosystems and some of the most productive agricultural land in the area. The transmission line could require the world's longest clearcut. The government's approval of the dams' environmental studies in May 2011 set off major protests around Chile. What's Inside The Profiteers, The Price

Greenwashing Dams

The HSAP: Weakening Global Dam Standards
Thursday, June 2, 2011
A dam industry effort threatens to greenwash dams and undermine the recommendations of the World Commission on Dams (WCD). The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (HSAP) is a voluntary, non-binding auditing tool that allows dam builders to score the sustainability of their own dam projects. This civil society fact sheet examines how the HSAP works, its shortcomings, and why it could end up legitimizing destructive dams. The HSAP was created between 2007 and 2010 by the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Forum (HSAF), an initiative of the International Hydropower Association (IHA),

Brazil Eyes the Peruvian Amazon

Site of the proposed Inambari Dam in the Peruvian Amazon
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
WILD RIVERS AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLE AT RISKThe Peruvian Amazon is a treasure trove of biodiversity. Its aquatic ecosystems sustain bountiful fisheries, diverse wildlife, and the livelihoods of tens of thousands of people. White-water rivers flowing from the Andes provide rich sediments and nutrients to the Amazon mainstream. But this naturally wealthy landscape faces an ominous threat. Brazil’s emergence as a regional powerhouse has been accompanied by an expansionist energy policy and it is looking to its neighbors to help fuel its growth. The Brazilian government plans to build more than 60

Ethiopia's Gibe III Dam: Sowing Hunger and Conflict

Ethiopia Factsheet
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Updated factsheet The Omo River is a lifeline for hundreds of thousands of indigenous people in southwest Ethiopia and northern Kenya. The Gibe III Hydropower Dam, now under construction, will dramatically alter the Omo River's flood cycle, affecting ecosystems and livelihoods all the way down to the world's largest desert lake, Kenya’s Lake Turkana. The Lower Omo Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to an estimated 200,000 agro-pastoralists from eight distinct indigenous peoples who depend on the Omo River’s annual flood to support river-bank cultivation and grazing lands for liv

Foretelling the Mekong River's Fate

Friday, January 21, 2011
Key Findings of the MRC's Strategic Environmental Assessment on Mekong Mainstream DamsThis International River's fact-sheet is on the Mekong River Commission's (MRC) Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) report on Mekong mainstream dams. Published in October 2010 by the MRC, this report offers a critical appraisal of the eleven large dams planned for the Mekong River's mainstream. As these dams threaten to irreversibly undermine the ecology of the Mekong River and will place at risk the livelihoods and food security of millions of people who depend upon the river's resources, the main rec


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