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Press Statement | Inga 3: An Exclusive Development Deal for Chinese and European companies

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
The Congo River International Rivers On October 16, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government announced a 14 billion USD joint and exclusive development agreement with a consortium of Chinese and European developers to construct the Inga 3 hydroelectric dam, following years of delay and controversy. The Chinese consortium is led by China Three Gorges, alongside a European consortium, led by Actividades de Construcción y Servicios (ACS) of Spain. The government of embattled DRC President Joseph Kabila signed the deal as national elections loom in December 2018. This announcement f

All Eyes on Lao Dam Tragedy Probe | The Bangkok Post

The contentious Xayaburi Dam on the Mekong. Laos should give greater consideration of how hydropower affects communities living in and around dam sites and reservoirs.
Friday, August 17, 2018
The contentious Xayaburi Dam on the Mekong. Laos should give greater consideration of how hydropower affects communities living in and around dam sites and reservoirs. File photo Bangkok Post This article originally appeared in The Bangkok Post. In the wake of the tragic collapse last month of an auxiliary dam of the Xe-Pian-Xe-Namnoy hydropower project in southern Laos, the Lao government on Aug 7 announced a major review of hydropower projects across the country. All dams -- built or under development -- will be inspected for flaws in design and construction, according to the government st

Press Release | Amicus Brief Urges Fundamental Rights for the Anchicayá and All Colombian Rivers

Anchicaya River
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Today, a coalition of organizations submitted an amicus brief to the Constitutional Court of Colombia calling for recognition of the rights of the Anchicayá River, which flows through the vastly biodiverse Colombian Pacific region. The brief also asks the Court to recognize the rights of every other river in Colombia.

Press Release | UNESCO World Heritage Committee inscribes Kenya’s Lake Turkana as “in danger” over Gibe Dam impacts

Fishermen at Lake Turkana
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Today, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee took the decision to officially inscribe Lake Turkana as a World Heritage site “in danger” because of severe impacts caused by the Gibe 3 Dam, constructed upstream on Ethiopia’s Omo River. The dam and associated sugar plantations have severely restricted flows into Kenya’s Lake Turkana, the world’s largest desert lake.

Report l Nam Theun 2: World Bank Withdrawal Leaves Major Concerns Over Project Outcomes

Local port nearby Nam Thuen 2 resettlement site
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
In January, the World Bank announced in a statement that the Nam Theun 2 Environmental and Social and Project (ESP) had closed on 31 December 2017. The ESP, a component of the USD 1.3 billion Nam Theun 2 Hydropower Project (NT2) in central Laos, was established in 2005 to manage the environmental and social impacts of the NT2 Dam.

Press Release | Pak Lay Dam Proceeding – Another Expensive Distraction

The Mekong at Pak Lay
Friday, June 15, 2018
The Mekong at Pak Lay International Rivers FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 15 June 2018 The Mekong River Commission (MRC) announced yesterday that Laos has formally notified the Commission of its intention to construct the Pak Lay dam on the mainstem of the Mekong River. The notification triggers commencement of the Prior Consultation procedure under the MRC’s Procedures for Notification, Prior Consultation and Agreement (PNPCA). Pak Lay is the fourth Mekong mainstream dam to be submitted to the procedure. “The MRC and the government of Laos have failed to address outstanding, significant concer

Press Release | Groups Seek Fundamental Legal Rights for Serbia's Wild Rivers and Ecosystems

Photo of Studenica River courtesy of Mihailo Grbic via Wikimedia Commons.
Friday, April 27, 2018
Today, a coalition of organizations launch a campaign to establish rights of nature in Serbia. The goal is to permanently protect sensitive Balkan ecosystems, including from threats of enormous pesticide use and a flurry of dam construction.

World’s Newest Great Ape Threatened by Chinese Dam | The Guardian

A new species of great ape – the Tapanuli orangutan – is down to just 800 individuals.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
The Tapanuli orangutan was just discovered. Now a dam built by a Chinese state-run company might wipe this species off the face of the earth.

NGOs Denounce Tapajós Basin Intimidation, Violence, Brazil Inaction | Mongabay

 statement by 38 CSOs/NGOs demands that the Brazilian government take action to enforce environmental laws and protect indigenous rights in the Tapajós basin.
Monday, April 9, 2018
National and international groups are condemning the Brazilian government and dam builders for acts of intimidation against indigenous groups in the Amazon.

Women Must Be Central to Decisions on Hydropower in Myanmar I Asia Times

Busy morning on the Salween on the Thailand-Myanmar border as women sell their products from riverbank gardens.
Thursday, March 8, 2018
The proposal to dam the tributaries worries many who work in the field. This includes women, whose concerns are often overlooked. The impacts of hydropower and other large infrastructure projects can disproportionately affect women, and rural, ethnic and indigenous women in particular.


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