Xingu Encounter 2008 - May 19-23 About the Encounter Blog Image Gallery Video Introduction (Al Jazeera) Brazil is one of the world’s leading dam–building nations, and is already highly dependent on hydropower for its electricity, with about 80% of its electrical energy coming from large dams. Despite recent initiatives to diversify the country’s sources of electrical energy generation, energy planners and industries are pressing for a major expansion of hydroelectricity in Brazil, saying it is cruc
In northeastern Thailand's Isaan region, close to the border with Laos, lies the Sirindhorn Dam, which is operated by Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT). While the dam itself is relatively small - only 42m high with an installed capacity of just 36 MW - the area of water impounded in the reservoir is vast, covering 280 km2. At the time it was constructed over four decades ago, this project required the resettlement of 1,365 households. The reservoir flooded ten schools and eight temples, and 6,880 ha of farmland was permanently lost. The affected families from dozens of smal
Mr. Yong Soo Na, Chief Executive Officer Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy Power Company (PNPC) 6th Floor, Capital Tower, Ban Nongbone, Xaysettha District, Vientiane, Lao PDR Jan. 30, 2013 Dear Mr. Yong Soo Na, I am writing on behalf of International Rivers to raise specific questions and concerns about the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy Hydropower Project. These concerns are based on discussions held during the past month with villagers near the Nam Kong, Houay Makchan and Xe Pian and Xe Namnoy rivers and Sekong River in Champasak and Attapeu, respectively. According to our recent correspondence with the Investment
A group of environmentalists, gender activists and international finance watchdogs are calling on the U.S. government to support calls for the World Bank to step back from a new programmatic focus on large-scale infrastructure, which critics say does little to help alleviate poverty.
On 7 February 2013, thousands of villagers impacted by the Rasi Salai Dam on the Mun River in Northeast Thailand gathered near the dam site to demand that the Thai government provide compensation for both lost land and income. These claims date back to the time the dam was built in the mid-1990s. They attest that the dam reservoir flooded productive land they used for both agriculture and wetlands-based livelihoods, and destroyed the seasonally-flooded forest (known locally as paa boong paa thaam). In past years, this ecologically important forest covered much of the Mun River’s floodplain,
The World Bank proposes to increase funding for mega-dams as part of the upcoming negotiations about the IDA fund for the poorest countries. Such an approach would undermine the Bank's purported goals of inclusive growth, gender equality, and climate resilience.
Mr. Pham Văn Tăng, General Director Viet-Lao Power Joint Stock Company (VLPC) Tầng 9 Tháp B Tòa nhà Tập Đoàn Sông Đà Đường Phạm Hùng, Hà Nội Việt Nam Mr. Lê Văn Ton, Chairman of the Board of Directors Viet-Lao Power Joint Stock Company (VLPC) Tầng 9 Tháp B Tòa nhà Tập Đoàn Sông Đà Đường Phạm Hùn, Hà Nội Việt Nam Monday March 18th, 2013 Re: Xekaman 1, 3 and 4 and Dak E Muele Hydropower Projects in Lao PDR Dear Mr. Pham Văn Tăng and Mr. Lê Văn Ton, I am writing on behalf of International Rivers to raise specific concerns about the Xek
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