Daniel Ribeiro tells us his story about falling in love with and fighting for the Zambezi River. Learn more about our work and the Zambezi here. In honor of the 2013 International Day of Action for Rivers, please tell us the story of you and your river through prose, poetry or artwork, in an email or by mail. We would love to receive short videos or audio recordings of your stories. Send submissions to email@example.com
In this series of photographs and video, award-winning Thai photojournalist Suthep Kritsanavarin has chronicled the day to day life of people living near the Xayaburi Dam site on the Mekong River. As the first hydropower dam planned in a cascade of eleven large projects located on the Lower Mekong River mainstream, these photographs depict the beauty and the close interconnection between the river and the life and livelihoods of some of the people whose lives will forever be changed with the building of the Xayaburi Dam. To view the photographs: To view the video:
This 2011 documentary film is the story of about the wild capture fisheries of the Mekong River and how its rich ecosystem helps feed and support the livelihoods of millions of people across Southeast Asia.
A new in-depth study of the hydrological risks to hydropower dams on the Zambezi River gives an early warning about what Southern Africa could be facing as it contemplates plans for more large hydropower dams in a time of climate change.
The Teesta River flows through the length of Sikkim, India and is considered to be the lifeline of the state. The proposed 520 MW Teesta IV Dam is planned for the last free-flowing stretch of the Teesta River between the Teesta III Dam – currently under construction – and the Teesta V Dam, already completed. The proposed Teesta IV Dam and its construction, especially the intake tunnel, would destroy a sacred lake that is believed to be the heart of where a Lepcha clan (the original inhabitants of Sikkim) originated. The indigenous people of Sikkim continue to oppose the Teesta IV Dam, al
The Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June of 2012. President Dilma Rousseff had the nerve to talk about making "promises for the type of future that we want" through "growth, inclusion and protection," while at the same time doing everything in her power to push through construction of the destructive Belo Monte Dam in the Amazon – without the approval of the tens of thousands of people who would be affected.
In July, 2012, the United Nations ran a Web TV story on the Belo Monte Dam, including interviews with Juruna tribal leader Sheyla Juruna, and Arara tribal leader José Carlos Arara. The video utilizes our Google Earth video on Belo Monte, entitled "Defending the Rivers of the Amazon," developed in 2010. Watch the story above, to hear Sheyla describe the impacts of the dam, on a visit to the Xingu River.
International Rivers and Friends of the Earth International have teamed up to create a state-of-the-art Google Earth 3-D tour and video narrated by Nigerian activist Nnimmo Bassey, winner of the prestigious Right Livelihood Award. The production was launched on the first day of the COP 17 climate meeting in Durban. The video and tour allow viewers to explore why dams are not the right answer to climate change, by learning about topics such as reservoir emissions, dam safety, and adaptation while visiting real case studies in Africa, the Himalayas and the Amazon.
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