Joint Statement of the Sesan, Srepok, Sekong, Mekong, and Tonle Sap Communities at the Fifth Annual 3S Rivers CelebrationRESPECT TO: The Royal Government of Cambodia We, 260 community representatives from the Sesan, Srepok, Sekong, Mekong, and Tonle Sap, who are facing difficulties caused by hydropower dam development and other development projects along the rivers, have gathered together in Lumpait District, Ratanakiri on June 15, 2007 and would like to raise the following problems and requests: The rivers’ water regime fluctuates irregularly,There has been a decline of fish species, rive
Second Gathering of the Mexican Movement of Those Affected by Dams and in Defence of Rivers (MAPDER)
The Mexican Movement of Those Affected by Dams and in Defence of Rivers (MAPDER) was born at the 2nd Gathering of the Meso-American Movement Against Dams which was held in La Esperanza, Honduras in 2003. The first MAPDER meeting was held in 2004 in Guerrero where communities are battling against the construction of the La Parota dam. Six months later the Second MAPDER conference was held in the Huentitan ravine where only one woman, Guadalupe Lara remained in resistance against the Arcediano
Declaration of GaboroneWe, delegates of civil society of the five partner countries of WESTCOR (DRC, Angola, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa) and participating in the International Forum of the Grand Inga Project, held on the initiative of the World Council of Energy in Gaborone, the 16 at March 17, 2007, joined together this day at the Hotel METCOURT; We support the terms of our Declarations of October 6, 2006 in Johannesburg, at the time of the International Round Table on the hydroelectric development of the site of Inga; Keeping in mind that the promises made following this declaration by
After months of growing tensions, and despite warnings from concerned citizens and NGOs, the area that is being affected by the Merowe/Hamadab Dam Project in Northern Sudan erupted in violence on November 29. The Corner House and International Rivers call on all actors – including the Sudanese government, the government’s donors, civil society, the financial institutions and the companies involved in the Merowe/Hamadab Dam Project – to use their good offices to press for a negotiated, peaceful agreement between the dam authorities and the affected communities.
The following is a recent statement by the Himba community regarding their opposition to the Epupa Hydro Electric Scheme.
Statement of the Affected Community
We are surprised to hear about this Epupa hearing just now, that everyone else, who does not live in the Epupa area, seems to know about for a long time. People who might come from other regions might go to such a meeting and say that they would come from the Epupa area and that they agree upon the construction of a dam at the Kunene. We ourselves, who are born in the Epupa area, we object to these plans – we do not want
Johannesburg Declaration of the Civil Society to the International Round Table on the Hydroelectric Development of the Inga Dam SiteWe, delegates of civil society organizations of the five partner countries of WESTCOR, joined together this day at the time of the International Round Table on the development of the hydroelectric projects of the site of Inga; Recognising the urgent needs for sustainable development of Africa and bearing in mind strategic characteristics of the Inga Site and its substantial contribution to the integration and the development of the States of Africa; Considering a
International Committee on Dams, Rivers and People, Both Ends (Netherlands)
Statement on the Report of the World Commission on Water
(World Water Vision)
The report of
the World Commission on Water (WCW) is a restatement
of tired orthodoxies from the international water establishment
and should be rejected by the water ministers who will meet in
The Hague on 21–22
March. The report, written by the WCW Chairman
and World Bank Vice–President Ismail Serageldin, is merely old
water in a new bottle.
The title of the WCW report, "A Water Secure World:
Endorses Business as Usual for River Destroyers
The outcome of the World Summit on
Sustainable Development will do nothing to halt the rapid degradation of the
world's rivers and the impoverishment of the communities who directly depend on
them. Rampant dam building, pollution, bad farming practices, channelization,
deforestation, urban sprawl, and climate change are sickening the rivers of the
world. The agreements made at the WSSD at best fail to rein in the forces
destroying rivers, and at worst encourage them.
Current patterns of energy consumption
Calling for a Moratorium on World Bank Funding of Large Dams WHEREAS: The World Bank is the greatest single source of funds for large dam construction, having provided more than U.S.$50 billion (1992 dollars) for construction of more than 500 large dams in 92 countries. Despite this enormous investment, no independent analysis or evidence exists to demonstrate that the financial, social and environmental costs were justified by the benefits realized; Since 1948, the World Bank has financed large dam projects which have forcibly displaced on the order of ten million people from their homes an
Protecting rivers and defending the rights of the communities that depend on them.
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