Fact sheet

Lower Kihansi Hydropower Project: An Evaluation of the Project Against World Commission on Dams Guidelines

Thursday, May 10, 2001
In July 1995, the Government of Tanzania began construction of the 180–megawatt Lower Kihansi Hydropower Project (LKHP) in order to meet the growing electricity demands of its mining and tourism industries. The World Bank jointly funded the $275 million project along with the European Investment Bank and development agencies from Norway (NORAD), Sweden (SIDA), and Germany (KfW). Formally commissioned in July 2000, the project has been supplying electricity to the Tanzania Electricity Supply Company (TANESCO), the parastatal that owns and operates the project, since December 1999. With its 25

Analyzing Bujagali Dam Against the WCD

Tuesday, February 13, 2007
International Rivers analyzed the Bujagali Hydroelectric Project’s compliance with the decision-making framework of the World Commission on Dams. The project will need to comply with the WCD framework if the developer intends to sell carbon credits to the European market. The analysis shows that the project fails to fully comply with most of the strategic priorities outlined in the WCD report. This report lays out where the project fails to meet WCD standards, and how to bring it into compliance. Key findings of the report include: Lake Victoria:The world’s second largest lake is now bei

(Un)Happy Birthday, World Bank

Thursday, July 29, 2004
60 years of development "achievements"Imagine: you have billions of dollars per year at your disposal. The projects that you have supported have displaced millions of people from their homes and land. Many of them have never recovered from this loss, yet you do nothing to remedy the situation. The policies you have pushed have forced poor governments to cut spending for health care and education, and have increased their national debts. And guess what? You can do all of this with impunity! That’s right––no citizen or government can take you to court. You have no legal responsibility to t

India's Bhakra Project

Saturday, March 1, 2003
This fact sheet by Shripad Dharmadhikary gives information about the Bhakra irrigation dam and challenges the assumption that the irrigation provided by the dam has been the largest contributing factor to India's food self sufficiency. "The preliminary findings of the study are startling and indicate that the benefits and contributions of this project have been grossly exaggerated."

Crisis on the Klamath

Distributed at the Third World Water Forum, Kyoto

Basic Facts: Baker & Pascua Rivers, Proposed Dams and Transmission Lines

Basic facts about the dams and the rivers: 1. Five total hydroelectric dams are planned, three for the Pascua River and two for the Baker River. Some of these dams would be more than 2,450 kilometers (1,500 miles) from the central grid to which the electricity will be sent. Both rivers are fed by, and they flow in between, the world’s two largest ice caps outside Greenland and Antarctica. And they are relatively short in length, 170 kilometers for the Baker and only 62 kilometers (40 miles) for the Pascua. 2. The Baker River has the highest flow of all Chilean rivers. Its ecosystem suppor

Nam Theun 2: At a Glance

Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Nam Theun 2 map and basic project facts. MAIN SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS: 6,200 indigenous peoples forcibly resettled from reservoir area on Nakai Plateau; elephant and other wildlife and wetlands habitat flooded120,000 downstream villagers affected by increased water flows in Xe Bang Fai, and dramatically decreased flows in Nam Theun; major fisheries and aquatic resources losses, erosion, flooding, sedimentation along the Xe Bang Fai2,000 households affected by NT2 construction activities, losing land, assets, access to resources; water quality impacts, erosion, sedimentation, logging i


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