Affected People

3S Community Joint Statement on the Lower Sesan 2 Hydropower Dam

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Joint StatementNational Consultation Workshop on Lower Sesan 2 Hydropower Dam- 400MW We, 68 representatives including 29 females, of indigenous people living along Sesan, Srepok and Sekong rivers, represent more than 500 families from Stung Treng province (6 communes and 18 villages) and from Ratanakiri province (6 districts, 21 communes and 74 villages), who have been seriously and negatively affected by the development of the Yali Falls Hydropower Dam in Vietnam. Given the fact that the construction of the 400 megawatt Lower Sesan 2 Hydropower Dam on the Sesan River in Stung Treng province i

云南三江径流保护区 35COM 7B.12

Thursday, July 21, 2011
云南三江径流保护区 (中国)(N 1083 bis) 决议: 35COM 7B.12 世界遗产委员会 已检阅 文件 WHC-11/35.COM/7B回顾 在第32次会议(2008,魁北克市)上的决议 32COM 7B.11, 关切地注意到关于怒江六库未经批准便已开始的水坝建设,及其造成的傈僳民族的迁徙和在遗产附近所建的新的公路的报告, 并注意到对遗产边界以外的四个项目- 马吉、亚碧罗、六库和赛格的初步调查正在进行,包括钻孔和公路建设。同时注意到缔约国关于在金沙江外沿,离哈巴雪山顶峰缓冲

Crunching the Hydro Numbers: 2011 First Half CDM Update

Status of projects for which International Rivers and partners have submitted Comments
Status of projects for which International Rivers and partners have submitted Comments as of July 1, 2011 For many years, International Rivers and our partners have been submitting comments on the worst hydropower projects in the CDM pipeline, raising issues ranging from environmental problems to human rights abuses to additionality. Our general experience has usually been that rather than seriously assessing public comments, the validators, also known as DOEs, ignore any criticism of the project developers' claims. Recently, however, a number of these projects, for which we had rais

Global Protests Against Burmese Military Actions at Dams

Kachins protest at the Chinese consulate in San Francisco
Kachins protest at the Chinese consulate in San Francisco Kachins in California Last Friday, hundreds of people in the US, Denmark, United Kingdom, Malaysia, and elsewhere gathered to protest the recent deadly clashes between Burmese authorities and ethnic militias in Burma's northern Kachin State. Standing before Burmese and Chinese embassies, Kachins held up signs calling for an end to the violence and a halt to dam building by Chinese companies in Kachin State. Fighting broke out in early June between the Burma Army and the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) at the Dapein No. 1

Nu River Under Threat

Child jumping rope over the Nu River
The Nu River, known also as the Salween, starts at the Tibetan Plateau and flows through southwest China, Burma and Thailand, before emptying into the Andaman Sea. It is home to one of China's most biodiverse regions, a World Heritage Site, and provides sustenance for thousands of people downstream. Situated in a highly seismic region, the Nu River Valley has come under the additional threat of plans for a cascade of large dams on the mainstream. Our film, Double Threat on the Nu details the situation in the region. Learn more about the Nu River by visiting our campaign page.


Tuesday, June 21, 2011
怒江是中国仅有的自由奔腾的河流之一,属于中国、泰国和缅甸三国共有。河流发源于青藏高原,流经中国的三江并流世界遗产保护地。这里是中国生物多样 性的核心地区,并以此著称。世界遗产地中生活着6000多种植物,并且相信养育着全世界25%和全中国50%的动物物种。同时它也以文化多样性闻名于世, 分属13个少数民族的近30万人生活在三江地区。 Want to help spread the message about the threat to the Nu River Valley? Here is how you can help to preserve this important plac

Interview with Peter Bosshard and Katy Yan on Voice of America

Saturday, June 11, 2011
Voice of America interviews Peter Bosshard and Katy Yan about Three Gorges Dam and the lessons that can be drawn for the Nu River. In Chinese.

NGO Letter to the World Heritage Centre and Committee Members

Friday, June 10, 2011
Mr. Kishore Rao Director World Heritage Centre 7, place de fontenoy 75352 Paris France Subject: Dams an Increasing Threat to World Heritage Sites in Asia, Africa and Latin America Dear Mr. Kishore Rao, We appreciate the work that the UNESCO World Heritage Committee continues to do to protect the world's cultural and natural heritage for future generations. We, the undersigned, represent civil society organizations that work to protect the world's most endangered rivers and the communities and ecosystems that depend on them. We are writing to express our grave concern regarding the increasing n

List of Dam-Threatened World Heritage Sites

Gibe III Dam on the Omo River
The following list describes several World Heritage Sites under threat from existing or proposed dams. This is not meant as a comprehensive list of all dam-affected Sites, but rather a first step towards documenting the global threat that many World Heritage Sites currently face. The first five sites include those where International Rivers or our partners have active campaigns. Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas CHINAGIS map of proposed dams on the Nu River adjacent to the World Heritage Site. China’s Three Parallel Rivers site in Yunnan is known as the epicenter of Chinese

Letter to Dongfang Electric Corporation and the Gibe 3 Project

Monday, September 27, 2010
Mr. Luo Zhigang President Dongfang Electric Corporation 333 Shuhan Avenue, Chengdu, Sichuan Province 610036 China September 27, 2010 Dongfang Electric Corporation and the Gibe 3 Project Dear Mr. Luo, On May 12 you, on behalf of Dongfang Electric Corporation, signed an agreement with the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo) to provide the hydro-mechanical and electro mechanical component of the Gibe 3 Dam project. We recently learned that the Industrial and Construction Bank of China (ICBC) in July approved funding to finance DEC's contract. DEC is seeking to build its internatio


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