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

Seeing Green: Hydropower to 'Green' Hydrogen is the Latest False Climate Solution

Green Hydrogen Factsheet
📣 NEW: International Rivers publication gives an overview of ‘Green’ Hydrogen and the problems with the latest proposed #FalseSolution for climate: hydro-to-hydrogen schemes.
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A #JustTransition is needed, not more mega #dams destroying rivers, livelihoods and communities.
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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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BCG Economy and Apec: Just empty rhetoric?

BCG Economy and Apec: Just empty rhetoric?

Originally published in the Bangkok Post By Pai Deetes The Apec Leaders’ Summit in Bangkok this week includes an agreement to work toward the “Bangkok Goals” on Bio-economy, Circular Economy and Green (BCG) Economy beyond national borders. Many have raised have raised the question of whether the Thai government, as host to the summit, genuinely…

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Press Release | COP27: Groups warn of severe climate and human rights risk of new hydropower dams and schemes

Press Release | COP27: Groups warn of severe climate and human rights risk of new hydropower dams and schemes

Dams and hydropower schemes create major loss and damage, including producing significant amounts of methane, biodiversity loss, and community displacement. In a warming world, droughts and flooding make hydropower an unreliable energy choice and an increasing danger to downstream communities. An urgent shift away from false solutions that harm people and ecosystems is essential. For…

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