Fact sheet

Current Status of Dam Projects on Burma’s Salween River

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
In late February 2013, Burma’s Deputy Minister of Electric Power informed Parliament that six dam projects on the Salween River in Shan State, Kayah State (Karenni) and Karen State had gained approval. With a combined installed capacity of 15,000 MW, the projects will include the Upper Salween or Kunlong Dam, Mai Tong or Tasang Dam, Nong Pha Dam, Mantawng Dam (on a tributary), Ywathit Dam, and Hatgyi Dam. These projects are proceeding in areas where conflict is continuing between ethnic resistance forces and the Burmese Army, and are shrouded in secrecy. Investment for these projects will c

Factsheet: Pöyry's Role in the Xayaburi Dam Controversy

Monday, February 25, 2013
Finnish engineering company Pöyry has become embroiled in a high profile water dispute between four governments in Southeast Asia. This factsheet describes how Pöyry’s participation in the Xayaburi Dam has fueled the dispute.


Friday, May 25, 2012
萨尔温江发源于青藏高原,河口位于缅甸,她滋养了周边数千万人。几十年 来,萨尔温江一直是东南亚最长的自由流淌着的河流。她为沿岸的居民提供了 赖以生存的渔场和农田。然而,中国和缅甸正在秘密计划修建大型梯级水坝项 目,被影响的社区无法参与这些项目建设的讨论,同时政府也没有分析项目的 累积影响或地震风险。

Avances en el Campo de las Emisiones de Embalses

Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Un número grande y creciente de estudios científicos indican que los embalses, especialmente en los trópicos, son una fuente global significativa de contaminación por gases de invernadero. Instituciones importantes como la Asociación Internacional de Hidroenergía (International Hydropower Association) y la Convención Marco de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático (UNFCCC) han desarrollado directrices específicas para medir las emisiones de los embalses en el campo, aunque éstas no son obligatorias en países que realizan inventarios nacionales de gases de invernadero. Lea el


Thursday, November 3, 2011
破坏河流将加剧气候危机 大坝的支持者希望从气候变化议题的焦点里获取利益,正在发展中国家推动一系列大型水坝的扩建。 然而,大坝应对于气候变化的能力相当脆弱,同时在以人类无法预料的方式改变河流。另外,健康的 河流对我们应对气候变化来说,扮演着关键的角色。我们需要水与能源的革新, 来大幅度的减少气 候污染,保存地球的生命线。 气候变化不宜建坝

Patagonia's Rivers at Risk

Patagonia's Rivers at Risk
Friday, June 24, 2011
Patagonia is a region of mystery and striking diversity, one of the precious few places on the planet where the array of natural beauty still defies humankind's imagination. But Patagonia is under threat by a proposal to build five dams on two of its wildest rivers. The dams would flood globally rare forest ecosystems and some of the most productive agricultural land in the area. The transmission line could require the world's longest clearcut. The government's approval of the dams' environmental studies in May 2011 set off major protests around Chile. What's Inside The Profiteers, The Price

Greenwashing Dams

The HSAP: Weakening Global Dam Standards
Thursday, June 2, 2011
A dam industry effort threatens to greenwash dams and undermine the recommendations of the World Commission on Dams (WCD). The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (HSAP) is a voluntary, non-binding auditing tool that allows dam builders to score the sustainability of their own dam projects. This civil society fact sheet examines how the HSAP works, its shortcomings, and why it could end up legitimizing destructive dams. The HSAP was created between 2007 and 2010 by the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Forum (HSAF), an initiative of the International Hydropower Association (IHA),

Brazil Eyes the Peruvian Amazon

Site of the proposed Inambari Dam in the Peruvian Amazon
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
WILD RIVERS AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLE AT RISKThe Peruvian Amazon is a treasure trove of biodiversity. Its aquatic ecosystems sustain bountiful fisheries, diverse wildlife, and the livelihoods of tens of thousands of people. White-water rivers flowing from the Andes provide rich sediments and nutrients to the Amazon mainstream. But this naturally wealthy landscape faces an ominous threat. Brazil’s emergence as a regional powerhouse has been accompanied by an expansionist energy policy and it is looking to its neighbors to help fuel its growth. The Brazilian government plans to build more than 60

Ethiopia's Gibe III Dam: Sowing Hunger and Conflict

Ethiopia Factsheet
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Updated factsheet The Omo River is a lifeline for hundreds of thousands of indigenous people in southwest Ethiopia and northern Kenya. The Gibe III Hydropower Dam, now under construction, will dramatically alter the Omo River's flood cycle, affecting ecosystems and livelihoods all the way down to the world's largest desert lake, Kenya’s Lake Turkana. The Lower Omo Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to an estimated 200,000 agro-pastoralists from eight distinct indigenous peoples who depend on the Omo River’s annual flood to support river-bank cultivation and grazing lands for liv

Foretelling the Mekong River's Fate

Friday, January 21, 2011
Key Findings of the MRC's Strategic Environmental Assessment on Mekong Mainstream DamsThis International River's fact-sheet is on the Mekong River Commission's (MRC) Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) report on Mekong mainstream dams. Published in October 2010 by the MRC, this report offers a critical appraisal of the eleven large dams planned for the Mekong River's mainstream. As these dams threaten to irreversibly undermine the ecology of the Mekong River and will place at risk the livelihoods and food security of millions of people who depend upon the river's resources, the main rec


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