Dams, Rivers & People (DRP)

Boiled Eggs, Tea and a Fait Accompli

The church, homes and farms will be submerged if the dam is commissioned as planned in 2015.
We arrived at Chadong village and went straight to the village headman’s home, on higher ground. It was half 10 in the morning. I recall the time as we were served lunch on arrival. Most families in Manipur – a state in northeast India – wake at dawn, eat soon after, and thus lunch is served well before noon. They have good metabolism given the mountain of white rice that is consumed in their daily diet. Unlike their flatland countrymen, I saw not a single pot-bellied man in the village. But I digress. Last month, I was invited to Chadong to take part in a seminar on forest rights. On a

Latest Report Restores Hope for Indigenous Communities Fighting to Save River Teesta

The site inspectors found extremely low river flows downstream of the commissioned Teesta V dam
Earlier this year, in March, the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) asked four members of its Standing Committee comprising wildlife and conservation experts to carry out a site inspection for a 520 MW hydroelectric project on the river Teesta in the Indian state of Sikkim. This was in pursuance of the Teesta-IV project seeking statutory clearance from the wildlife perspective, as it is located 4 km from the Fambong Lho wildlife sanctuary; the NBWL must assess a project when it is located within 10 km of a designated wildlife park or sanctuary. The site inspection report, finalised in August a

Dam Planning Under the Spotlight in India

Thursday, October 10, 2013
In the past decade, the central and state governments of India threw caution to the wind when approving hundreds of hydroelectric dam projects in the upper reaches of Himalayan rivers. But in the aftermath of the destructive Uttarakhand floods of 2013, the Supreme Court directed that no further clearances be given and that a committee look in to whether existing and under-construction hydro projects exacerbated the crisis.

碳补偿贸易的世纪骗局: 碳信用额度对京都议定书的破坏及将之废除的理由

Wednesday, May 21, 2008
“清洁发展机制”是全球最大的碳补偿贸易市场,也是一个世界性的骗局。它披着 推广可持续发展的外衣,实际上却使温室气体排放不断增加。它向化工企业和大坝开发 商提供几十亿元计的资金,而急速发展的碳经纪行业和顾问正不断进行游说,要求扩充 清洁发展机制,并进一步削弱它的规范。如果大家希望有效应付气候变化,我们就不能 够让一个有缺陷的系统成为解决气候问题的基础。短期内,清洁发展机制必须彻底改革; 长远而言势必要被完全取代。 碳

Before the Deluge: Coping with Floods in a Changing Climate

Wednesday, May 30, 2007
International Rivers Network’s second annual "Dams, Rivers & People" report explains the failure of dams and levees to stop rising flood damages and describes better ways to tackle flood management. It also surveys the world of rivers and dams in 2006 and hotspots for 2007. Floods are the most destructive, most frequent and most costly of natural disasters. Flood damages have soared in recent decades, despite hundreds of billions of dollars spent on flood control structures. This is partly because global warming is worsening storms, and partly because of growing populations and economic
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