Doing Dams Right: The WCD in Practice

Wednesday, June 9, 2010
From June 2010 World Rivers Review In the 10 years since the World Commission on Dams (WCD) released its landmark "Dams and Development" report, no single dam project has exemplified the full scope of its cutting-edge approach, and most dam building nations have failed to implement the WCD framework. But there have been some projects that demonstrate WCD principles in action, as well as laws and policies that reflect the principles espoused by the WCD. Here we highlight a few of these positive examples. Tribal fishermen have fought for dam removal on the Klamath for years Bob Dawson Addres

"We Fear the Unknown Future" - Mphanda Nkuwa Dam, Mozambique

Saturday, March 14, 2009
Independent filmmaker Liane Greeff created a 10-minute film, "We Fear the Unknown Future," for the 2009 International Day of Action for Rivers. It includes testimonies of communities living alongside the Zambezi River, who share their fears and concerns about the proposed Mphanda Nkuwa Dam. The film was made in collaboration with the Mozambique environmental justice organization Justica Ambiental, and South African NGO Environmental Monitoring Group. The film is based on findings from a field trip undertaken with International Rivers, Environmental Defense and Justical Ambiental.

Field Report Regarding Nam Theun 2 Hydroelectric Project

Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Report from Mekong Watch's visit to Laos to investigate Nam Theun 2 resettlement issues.

Uganda Dam Slammed by World Bank Appeals Body

Thursday, December 4, 2008
Bujagali deal full of risk for one of world’s poorest countries The benefits of the Bujagali Dam project, now being built by private companies on the Nile River in Uganda, have been overstated and its risks understated, according to a 17-month investigation by the World Bank Inspection Panel. Worse, most of those risks fall on Uganda – one of the world’s poorest countries – rather than the project developers. The result could be a project that fails to fulfill the Bank’s “broad objective of sustainable development and poverty reduction embodied in Bank policy,” the Panel stat

Nov. 2008 Letter to World Bank Executive Directors on Bujagali

Thursday, December 4, 2008
November 24, 2008 Dear Executive Director: As requesters of the Bujagali Inspection Panel claim, we are very concerned that World Bank Management does not intend to seriously address the problems documented in the Inspection Panel’s recent report. We found the Panel’s report to correspond well with what we know to be key problems with the project on the ground. Yet the recent response by Management makes it clear that they have no intention of addressing the many problems and failures to meet Bank policy as documented by the Panel. We urge you and the other members of the World Ba

Follow-Up Study on Impacts of Son La Resettlement

Villagers building their new houses
Monday, September 1, 2008
Villagers building their new houses This study is based on a visit to eight resettlement areas in two different provinces in May 2008 to evaluate progress on resettlement at Son La. The researchers found that resettlement is not going as well as planned. The most contentious aspect of Son La resettlement is the availability of sufficient arable land to replace what is being flooded by the reservoir. The researchers found that many oustees were returning to their old lands to grow rice for their families. Once the reservoir is filled in 2010, it is unclear how they will feed their famili

Power Surge: The Impacts of Rapid Dam Development in Laos

Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Laos has declared it a national priority to catalyze the country's development through the rapid construction of large dams that export high-risk hydropower to neighboring Thailand and Vietnam. With six big dams already in operation, seven currently under construction, at least 12 more in the works and development deals pending on another 35, Laos is in the midst of an unprecedented dam-building boom. A new report from International Rivers, Power Surge, chronicles the social and environmental debt created by this boom. Power Surge's 11 in-depth case studies reveal that Lao villagers are being

An Emergency Appeal for Urgent Relief of Merowe Dam Communities

Thursday, July 31, 2008
The Executive Committee of the Manasir Community People Affected by Merowe Dam (DCM) would like first to give a short necessary account about the background of conflict between the Manasir the government by stating the following facts: 1. The Manasir are the third and last group of the affected citizens by Merowe Dam. They represent 68 % of the total affected citizens. They all dwell in River Nile, and they all do not object to the construction of the dam. 2. The resettlement of the Manasir at certain sites around the dam lake is one of the two resettlement options stated in the Resettl

Dam-Flooded Communities in Sudan Appeal for Humanitarian Assistance

Flooded home in Merowe Dam reservoir area.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Flooded home in Merowe Dam reservoir area. Some 600 families have reportedly been flooded out of their homes along the Nile in Sudan in the past few days due to rising waters in the nearly complete Merowe Dam reservoir. Local communities say the move to abruptly fill the reservoir was deliberate, part of a plan to forcibly evict those villages that have been most vocal in their call for fair compensation and replacement lands. As many as 25 villages could ultimately be affected by the rising waters. According to eyewitnesses, waters began rising around the island of Atram in the Manasir

Bujagali Dam Seriously Flawed, Say African Bank Inspectors

Wednesday, July 9, 2008
First investigation by African Development Bank panel finds dam studies minimized climate change risks, impacts to Lake Victoria, resettlement costs, affordability concernsThe Bujagali Dam, now under construction on the Nile River in Uganda, racked up at least 22 violations of key African Development Bank (AfDB) policies, according to a new report by the Bank's internal investigative panel. The report is the first by the Bank's new Compliance Review and Mediation Unit (CRMU), and was undertaken in response to a claim by project-affected people and the National Association of Professional En


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