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Press Release | Disappointing and Lengthy Mediation Leaves Impacts of Xayaburi Dam Unaddressed

Mekong community representatives at International Day of Action for Rivers on the Mekong in March 2017
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Last week, the Austrian National Contact Point (NCP) concluded a lengthy and ultimately disappointing OECD Guidelines mediation process between Andritz, the turbine supplier for the Xayaburi Dam, and a coalition of Mekong-based and international civil society organizations. The original 2014 complaint against Andritz stated grave concerns about the social and environmental impacts of the Xayaburi Dam.

Press Release l Brazilian Indigenous Group Occupies Amazon Dam, Halts Construction To Demand Rights

Saturday, July 15, 2017
At dawn on Sunday, July 16th, 200 representatives of the indigenous Munduruku nation occupied the main work camp of the São Manoel hydroelectric dam on the Teles Pires River in the Brazilian Amazon, paralyzing the project. Led by Munduruku women warriors, the occupiers presented a series of demands to dam developers and Brazilian government authorities, including the right to consultation, land titling, and respect for their cultural and spiritual sites. They also demanded that developers repair the grave environmental destruction inflicted by dams on the Teles Pires. In an open letter, th

Press Release | Sesan Families Face Forced Evictions and a Flooded Future

The Sesan River, before construction of the dam
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
On Saturday, the gates of the Lower Sesan 2 Hydropower Project in Stung Treng, Cambodia, were opened to commence filling of the reservoir for operations testing. Despite the near completion of the dam, the situation of up to 180 families who remain in Srekor and Kbal Romeas - two villages that will be flooded by the rising waters – remains unresolved.

Researchers Urge Southeast Asian States to Consider Energy Alternatives | VOA Cambodia

A computer image of the proposed Pak Beng hydropower dam.
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Researchers say Southeast Asian governments must shift their policies away from hydropower because of the environmental and social fallout of large-scale hydropower development.

Press Release l Inga 3 Dam Risks Plunging DRC Deeper Into Debt

New report finds that DRC likely to suffer financial losses, continuing energy poverty if hydropower project advances Tuesday, June 27, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Today, International Rivers is releasing the first in-depth economic study of the proposed Inga 3 hydropower project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Authored by noted British economist Tim Jones, “In Debt and In The Dark” exposes glaring flaws in the assumptions about the dam’s likely performance. The report finds that Inga 3 will likely plunge DRC deeper into debt, exporting needed power and delivering little, if an

International Action a Must to Stop Irreversible Harm of Amazon Dams | Mongabay

A rainforest valley in the upper Amazon.
Monday, June 19, 2017
A new study, published last week in Nature, finds that 428 existing, under construction, and planned Amazon basin and Andes headwaters dams could disturb ecosystems on an enormous scale.

A Hidden Cost of Corruption: Environmental Devastation | Washington Post

In Honduras, corruption is leading to the devastation of the Patuca River and communities on its banks.
Friday, June 16, 2017
Corruption has helped fuel some of the world’s most significant acts of environmental devastation — and now it's behind the destruction of the Patuca River in Honduras.

Thai Investments Must Recognize Local Rights l Bangkok Post

Monday, May 22, 2017
A year ago, the cabinet issued a resolution recognising an obligation to protect human rights in Thai outbound investments. With Thai companies increasing their operations in neighbouring countries in sectors that carry significant risks for human rights and the environment, further action to put this important commitment into practice is now overdue.

Brazil's Archaeologists Join Fight to Preserve Country's Ancient Lands | The Guardian

Photo: The Amazon rain forest, bordered by deforested land prepared for the planting of soybeans, in western Brazil on 4 October 2015. By: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Brazil's government plans to roll back regulation for construction projects. Critics say proposals threaten indigenous groups and cultural heritage.

Indigenous Wampís Notify the Peruvian State on its Autonomous Territorial Government

Wampís leaders meet with the Peruvian government.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Peru's indigenous Wampís people have formalized their right to self-government. Will the move help them save their lands and waters from unwanted development?


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