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In Pará, MAB Occupies Tucuruí Dam

Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Around 600 families-members of the Movement of Dam Affected People and Via Campesina, occupied today, 23 of May at 15:30 hours the Tucuruí Dam in Pará. The occupation is part of the national day of disobedience against the current economic policies, the neoliberal model and in defence of national sovereignty. Police fired rubber bullets against the demonstrators and injured several. An activist named Aildo had to receive urgent medical treatment and was taken to the closest hospital. After the confrontation the protesters finally managed to enter the dam’s building and at the moment oc

Brasil decide sobre sus represas

Saturday, July 14, 2007
Brasil seguirá adelante con la construcción de dos represas hidroeléctricas en el río Madeira, en la región amazónica, a pesar de las preocupaciones de Bolivia sobre el impacto ambiental que pueda llegar a tener este proyecto, de US$11.600 millones, en la frontera. El canciller brasileño, Celso Amorim, en una carta su homólogo boliviano, David Choquehuanca, invitó a las autoridades de La Paz a participar en conversaciones bilaterales a fin de mes. El encuentro tendría como objetivo responder todas las dudas que pueda haber. El ministro de Exteriores brasileño dejó claro que el p

PR - Civil Society Organizations Demand Moratorium on Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
São Paulo and Brasilia - More than 60 civil society organizations and networks, including International Rivers, delivered this Thursday (August 6) to members of the Brazilian Congress, foreign investors and European parliamentarians a letter proposing five emergency measures to contain the deforestation crisis in the Brazilian Amazon. One of the measures is the establishment of a moratorium of at least five years on any forest clearing in the region. The devastation in 2020 is already at the highest level since the beginning of the series of alerts provided by the official satellite m

Save the Mekong Statement l The Mekong needs just energy transitions, not more destructive dams

Tuesday, June 2, 2020
On 11 May, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) announced that the proposed Sanakham hydropower project in Laos will undergo the MRC’s Prior Consultation process.[1] Sanakham is the sixth mainstream dam to be submitted for Prior Consultation. The proposed Sanakham dam is expensive, unnecessary and risky – and should be cancelled. The 684-megawatt (MW) dam would cost over $2 billion and take eight years to build. If averaged out over eight years, the Sanakham dam would be adding 90 MW a year, which pales in comparison to the installation of more sustainable energy options being rolled out in

265 Civil Society Groups Call on Chinese Authorities to Ensure that Covid-19 Financial Relief Does Not Bail Out Harmful Projects

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
April 30, 2020 – Today, International Rivers joined 265 civil society groups around the world in calling upon the Chinese government to ensure that COVID-19 related financial relief for struggling Belt and Road projects flows only to high-quality overseas investments that meet stringent criteria aimed at protecting people and safeguarding the environment. The organizations urged China to avoid bailing out projects already mired in environmental, social, biodiversity, climate, or financial risks prior to the onset of COVID-19. In February 2020, China’s Ministry of Commerce and the China

Press Release | Brazilian activists launch joint statement at COP 25 on crisis of deforestation and burning in the Amazon

Thursday, December 12, 2019
Document signed by over 100 civil society organizations and endorsed by members of Congress sharply criticizes Bolsonaro government, calls for concrete steps to halt forest destruction Madrid, 12 December 2019 - A joint statement signed by over 100 civil society organizations on the crisis of deforestation and burning in the Amazon was launched today at the 25th annual conference (COP 25) of the UN Convention on Climate Change in Madrid, Spain. The document was presented by environmental and human rights activists at a press conference and a special event organized by the environmental caucu

Press Release | World's largest hydro companies persist in failing the environment, community rights

Monday, December 9, 2019
New report, entitled "Watered Down," shows Chinese corporations dominate hydro industry, fall short of meeting accepted international standards.

IFC must listen to local demands on Namtu

Refugees in Namtu township and Hsipaw township.
Friday, October 4, 2019
Refugees in Namtu township and Hsipaw township. Myat Moe Thu/The Myanmar Times This article originally appeared in The Myanmar Times The International Finance Corporation’s Vikram Kumar published a letter in the September 20 Myanmar Times in response to an article on civil society and community boycotts of IFC-sponsored consultations on hydropower in Shan State. The consultations form part of a cumulative impact assessment of proposed hydropower in the Myitnge basin. In particular, Mr Kumar took issue with a civil society description of the consultations as “a box-ticking exercise”

Press Release | Indigenous leader delivers letter to Macron at G-7, calling for urgent measures to halt deforestation and burning in the Amazon

Chief Raoni Metuktire, leader of the Kayapó indigenous people
Sunday, August 25, 2019
AUGUST 26, 2019: Renowned indigenous leader Raoni Metuktire of the Kayapó people delivered to French President Emmanuel Macron today a joint statement signed by 62 Brazilian civil society organizations and networks, together with international allies, attributing a rapid escalation of Amazonian fires to the dismantling of environmental policy by the government of President Jair Bolsonaro. The document also calls on the G7 countries to ensure effective mechanisms to prevent imports of Brazilian commodities produced in areas characterized by recent deforestation and human rights violations.

G7 leaders agree plan to help Amazon countries fight wildfires

Monday, August 26, 2019
This article originally appeared in The Guardian. By: Julian Borger in Biarritz, and Jonathan Watts, global environment editor The G7 countries have agreed to an immediate $20m (£16m) aid package to help Amazon countries fight wildfires and launch a longer-term global initiative to protect the rainforest. The assistance plan, announced by the French and Chilean presidents on Monday, would involve a programme of reforestation, to be unveiled at the UN general assembly meeting next month. “We must respond to the call of the forest which is burning today in the Amazon,” said Emmanuel Mac


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