Protecting rivers and defending the rights of the communities that depend on them

Rivers for Recovery

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In honor of Earth Month we are celebrating the Rivers for Recovery Movement. 
Read our #Rivers4Recovery blog & report and join the global call to protect rivers and human rights as essential for a JUST and GREEN recovery.
Read the blog here.

Our Rivers, Our Water Future

Since 1985, International Rivers has been at the heart of the global movement to ensure river-dependent communities’ voices are heard and their rights are respected.

Our Approach

Rivers are the arteries of the earth, supporting the highest rate of biodiversity compared to any other ecosystem and providing for the livelihoods of millions of local, indigenous and traditional peoples. Rivers are also under extreme threat, with less than 10% of the world’s river basins protected.

International Rivers strengthens movements of communities and civil society at the forefront of defending rivers by:

  • Undertaking investigative research to generate robust data and evidence to inform policies and campaigns.
  • Remaining independent and fearless in campaigning to expose and resist destructive projects.
  • Developing a vision that protects rivers and the communities that depend upon them. 

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Our Impact

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0 Destructive river projects delayed or stopped, resulting in millions of people retaining access to their traditional lands and livelihoods.
$ 0 B Funds (USD) channeled away from investment in destructive projects, toward sustainable and just alternatives.
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Latest News

A global call to action on the situation in Myanmar

A global call to action on the situation in Myanmar

March 30, 2021 We stand with our partners and friends in Myanmar. We mourn the tragic loss of life and condemn the brutal violence and unimaginable terror they are facing. We applaud their incredible courage.  We urge the international and business community to take immediate action to support the brave people of Myanmar in their…

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Press Release | Organisations warn OECD of Brazil’s backsliding on human rights and environmental safeguards

Press Release | Organisations warn OECD of Brazil’s backsliding on human rights and environmental safeguards

NGOs criticise Brazil’s candidacy to join the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development while dismantling socio-environmental policies Brasília, Brazil – Over sixty civil society organisations delivered a letter to OECD Secretary-General-Select Mathias Cormann this Wednesday, raising concerns about Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro’s human rights, social and environmental agenda ahead of the country’s attempt to join…

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