Mount Kawagebo http://nomadchina.wordpress.com Mount Kawagebo (or Kawagarbo) rises 6,740 meters above sea level – the tallest peak in Yunnan Province, China. Its eastern side is part of the Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Area UNESCO World Heritage Site (whose rivers – the Nu, Lancang, and Jinsha – are under threat by a number of proposed dam and mining projects). It is one of the most sacred mountains in Tibetan Buddhism and is visited by 20,000 pilgrims each year. To the local people, who also act as stewards of the sacred mountain, any destruction of the mountain body is
Activists return turbines for Lower Subansiri Dam to sender With more than 150 dams proposed for construction and 11 projects in operation, Northeast India is one of the hotspots of global dam building. The biggest project under construction is the Lower Subansiri Dam on the border between the states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. Social movements have organized massive protests against the mega-project in the Himalayan foothills over several years. In a huge success, they have just managed to send the turbines for the project back to the sender. As we have documented in our report, Mou
Almir Narayamoga Surui and Sheyla Yakarepi at protest outside BNDES office in London Over the past two weeks, I had the privilege of joining indigenous leaders from Brazil and Peru on a tour of four cities in Europe, aimed at raising public awareness and stepping up international support for their campaigns against socially and environmentally destructive dams in the Amazon. The indigenous delegation, also accompanied by colleagues from Amazon Watch and Rainforest Foundation-UK, had a busy and varied agenda in each of the cities we visited, including public seminars, street demonstrations,
From December 2010 World Rivers Review Over the past several months, protests against big dams in northeast India have been a regular feature in the headlines. What initially started as student's movement against big dams in the state of Arunachal Pradesh has now snowballed into becoming a major election issue for next year's election in the state of Assam. Spearheading the anti-dam protest in Assam is the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), a peasant movement which has declared that political parties supporting the construction of mega- dams in Assam would be voted out. Giving a call of
Main road in Awassa Oliver Benson It’s been more than a week since anyone has heard from three students kidnapped from the Awassa University campus in southern
Ethiopia by government security forces, according to the Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA). Whereabouts of the students, Nagga Gezaw, Dhaba Girre, and Jatani Wario, is still unknown. The students
were part of a local movement in southern Ethiopia which has called on
their government to address river contamination, unpaid compensation
and other problems caused by the Lega Dembi open pit gold mine. Several student-led
From World Rivers Review December 2009
A “swoop” of activists outside the European Climate Exchange, October 2009. Mike Russell I was a bit puzzled earlier this month when the new intern in our office - a conscientious sort - didn't show up to work all week. It all made sense when I finally got a call from her saying that she had just gotten out of police custody after having spent two nights camped high up on a smoke stack on a coal-fired power station in Oxford. As far as not coming to work excuses go, it's pretty water-tight.
It's been a busy year for climate activi
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Kurdish groups and NGOs organized demonstrations outside local branches of the German Sparkasse (Savings Bank) and Deka Bank in eleven German towns today. The protests are targeting the two banks financial support of the controversial Ilisu dam in south-eastern Turkey that will submerge the ancient city of Hasankeyf. Deka Bank alone is underwriting construction of the hydropower project with more than 100 Million Euros.
“With the financial contribution from DekaBank, more than 55,000 people will be deprived of their livelihoods,” says Ercan
Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive – Fools of Munzur – Association
for Conservation of Munzur Valley and Natural Life – Yusufeli Culture
Association – WEED – International Rivers
Antalya, Turkey -- Dam-threatened people today demonstrated at a
major dam-building conference in Turkey to call attention to major
problems with Turkish dam development. Attendees at the organization’s
annual world congress in Antalya, Turkey were met with a huge banner
declaring "No development, but destruction by many dams in Turkey."
"Members of the International Hydropower Assoc
Over 80 Cambodian villagers expressed outrage last Friday when it was
revealed that yet another dam was being planned for construction on the
Sesan River in Viet Nam.
The villagers had been attending a workshop held in Stung Treng Province on
June 13-14 on the way the Yali Falls Dam, located on the Sesan River in
Viet Nam, had impacted on Stung Treng Province. The dam is located
approximately 70 km upstream from the Cambodia/Viet Nam border.
The 80 villagers represented 30 village communities in Stung Treng. The
workshop was organized by the Culture for Environment and Preservation
Media Contacts Below Chinese companies have begun a project to build a giant 152-meter-high dam on the Irrawaddy River, the first to block one of Asias great river systems. Damming the Irrawaddy, a new report launched today by the Kachin Development Networking Group, exposes the social and environmental impacts of the dam, including the displacement of an estimated 10,000 people in northern Burmas Kachin State. The military junta ruling Burma is allowing Chinese partners to manage the project that would transmit electricity to China and potentially generate over US$500 million in revenues p
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