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Press Release | Great News for China's Last Free-Flowing River

The Nujiang, China's last free-flowing river
Thursday, December 1, 2016
New plans show that the Chinese government no longer intends to dam the Nujiang, China's last free-flowing river. This marks a great success for the country's environmental movement.

Press Release | Flawed Prior Consultation Cannot Legitimize New Mekong Dam

The Mekong River at the proposed site of the Pak Beng Dam
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
We are very concerned by the Government of Laos’ notification of intention to move forward with construction of the Pak Beng Dam and the commencement of Prior Consultation. Experience from the Xayaburi and Don Sahong Dams has demonstrated major flaws in the Prior Consultation procedure.

PR | New Study Confirms Large Dams to Be a Principal Source of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Researchers from the Washington State University found that the world’s reservoirs generate 1.3 percent of all greenhouse gases produced by humankind. The finding confirms once more than large dams are unsustainable energy sources that cause great harm to the climate.

Press Release | Brazilian Government Cancels Mega-Dam on the Amazon’s Tapajós River

Munduruku warriors dance in protest of planned Tapajós dams
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Brazil’s Federal Environmental Agency (IBAMA) announced today that it has cancelled the licensing process for the controversial São Luiz do Tapajós mega-dam, the largest planned hydro project in the Amazon. International Rivers and AmazonWatch welcomed the decision as a great success and an important precedent case.

PR | World Bank Suspends Support for Inga 3 Dam in the Congo

Sunday, July 24, 2016
On July 25, the World Bank suspended its support for the giant Inga 3 Dam in the Democratic Republic of Congo. What the World Bank once hailed as a “transformational project” for the region has become the latest cautionary tale of the enormous pitfalls of mega-dams. Rudo Sanyanga, Africa Director of International Rivers, says: “We applaud the World Bank’s decision to suspend Inga 3, a project in which it shouldn’t have become involved in the first place. Inga 3 represents a failed development model which bypasses the poor for the benefit of extractive industry and export markets.”


A fisherman in front of the Don Sahong cofferdam
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
กรุงเทพฯ ประเทศไทย: การก่อสร้างเขื่อนดอนสะโฮงกำลังคืบหน้าไปอย่างรวดเร็ว รายงานจากพื้นที่ระบุว่าขณะนี้มีการกั้นฮูสะโฮง ซึ่งเป็นช่องทางน้ำสำคัญที่สุดในพื้นที่สีพันดอน ที่ปลาใช้ว่ายอพยพตามฤดูกาล แต่ใครจะตอบค

PR | UN Envoys Report Concern over Don Sahong Dam Impacts to Human Rights Council

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Bangkok, Thailand: The United Nations Special Procedures have raised serious concerns over the human rights impacts of the controversial Don Sahong Dam under construction on the Mekong River in Laos. A report detailing these concerns has been submitted to the Human Rights Council for consideration at its 32nd session, which commenced Monday. The Special Procedures highlight the likely transboundary impacts of the project on the millions of people residing in the Mekong River Basin in Lao PDR, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam, who are dependent on fish sto

PR | Human Rights Commission Report Highlights Lack of Accountability in Don Sahong Dam Project

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
A report from the National Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) highlights a lack of accountability for the social and environmental impacts of the Don Sahong Dam, now under construction in Lao PDR. Due to the extraterritorial nature of the case, SUHAKAM were not able to conduct an investigation. Instead, they issued recommendations to the Malaysian government to regulate the human rights impacts of Malaysian companies operating abroad, and to Mega First, the project developer, to ensure respect for human rights in the Don Sahong dam and other overseas projects.

Brazil Suspends Licensing of Controversial Amazon Dam

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Brasilia, Brazil: In a surprising move, IBAMA, the administrative arm of the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment, suspended the environmental licensing process of the controversial São Luiz do Tapajós Dam in the Brazilian Amazon yesterday. International Rivers welcomes this decision as an important breakthrough for the protection of rivers and indigenous rights in the Amazon. The move comes just one day after the federal agency for indigenous affairs in Brazil, FUNAI, published a technical report confirming that a 178,000-hectare territory along the Tapajós River, k

PR - Thai Communities Appeal Xayaburi Lawsuit Verdict

Thapanee Muangkot, one of the plaintiffs in the Xayaburi Dam Lawsuit who traveled from a village along the Mekong River in Nakorn Phnom province, submits the appeal to the Supreme Administrative Court
Monday, January 25, 2016
Lawyers for the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the Xayaburi Dam’s Power Purchase Agreement, filed an appeal today with Thailand’s Supreme Administrative Court to reverse the ruling by the Administrative Court, who dismissed the case on December 25, 2015.


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