Indigenous Leaders File Corruption Complaint Against Malaysian Dam Builder

Peter Kallang, Chariman of SAVE Rivers, holding a copy of the report lodged to MACC
SAVE Rivers Network has brought their concerns of corruption in the Sarawak dams directly to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

HSAP Ineffective in Corrupt Sarawak Dams

Roy Adair, CEO of Hydro Tasmania and IHA Board Member, admits to lack of corruption auditing in an interview
Two companies involved in controversial Sarawak dams claim they are upholding best practice by using the HSAP, but the corruption surrounding the projects is proving otherwise.

Malaysia’s Murum Dam Sets Poor Precedents for Best Practice

A view of the Murum River, where the Murum Dam is located
A lack of transparency and participation surrounds the issues of resettlement and environmental impacts of the Murum Dam.

Proving Sustainability in the Dam Industry

Hydropower corporations that have joined the HSAP make claims they are sustainable, but could it be anything more than a public relations opportunity?

Hydropower Industry Needs Standards, not Scorecards, to be Sustainable

Itaipú dam
Itaipú dam The International Hydropower Association (IHA) just launched the “Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol” (HSAP) at its bi-yearly Congress in the town of Foz do Iguaçú, Brazil, last week. The Protocol is in reality only a scorecard that rewards hydropower companies and financiers with a greenwashed stamp of approval; it does not represent a true step towards the actual practice of sustainability in the sector. The Protocol is a risky way of helping developers achieve true social and environmental sustainability, because it doesn’t require developers to meet any s

Civil Society Statement on the Launch of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (HSAP)

Thursday, June 16, 2011
Congress of the International Hydropower Association Foz do Iguaçú, Brasil

 Make no mistake: the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (HSAP) is a purely voluntary assessment tool.  It has little basis in multilateral international agreements, and exerts no binding force.  This proposed Protocol risks weakening existing social and environmental standards and concentrating control over assessments in the hands of the hydropower industry, ignoring the democratic processes of national legislation and international accords.  

The HSAP seeks only to measure, not enforce, the

Tribes Dispute Greenwashing by Dam Builders

Sheyla Juruna at the IHA Congress
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Conflict of Interest at Heart of Sustainability Guidelines, Says Environmental GroupFoz do Iguaçú, Brazil― Indigenous people from Brazil's vast but shrinking Amazon region yesterday interrupted the Congress of the International Hydropower Association, claiming that the Belo Monte Dam was approved illegally by the Brazilian government, vowing to fight as long as it takes to stop the dam. At the same event, environmental activists dismissed a new voluntary environmental tool as an effort by the dam industry to greenwash its practices. Sheyla Juruna of the Juruna tribe, which would be direct
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