World Rivers Review – March 2012

Thursday, March 1, 2012

World Rivers Review It was the best of times, it was the worst of times …. 2011 had much good news for rivers around the world – dams cancelled or postponed, peoples’ movements surging against the big-dam tide, greater attention to the risks of climate change – as well as a daunting amount of low points in the movement for rivers and rights. Catch up on river news from around the planet in this issue’s Year in Review.

Also in this issue: Our cover story describes how the dam industry is taking its greenwashing of dam standards to the World Water Forum. Learn what this means for dam planning, as well as what civil society is doing to counter the assault.


Dam Standards: An industry effort to greenwash dams is flowing at the World Water Forum.
Commentary: Reflections on the year ahead by executive director Jason Rainey.  
North America: Will Canada destroy its rivers to sell hydropower to the US?  
Change Makers: One brings clean energy and water to remote parts of Ethiopia, the other risks his life for China’s rivers.  Read about two people doing great things.
Year in Review: A look back at the high- and low-lights of 2011.  
Grand Inga: Will Africa’s mega dam bring mega problems?  
Dam removal: French activists work to save the Atlantic salmon through dam decommissioning.
Patagonia: The campaign continues to keep Patagonia sin represas.