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

NEW REPORT: Advancing Ecological Civilization?

Advancing an Ecological Civilization? report

Check out our new report, “Advancing Ecological Civilization” covering the two largest hydropower giants and their #biodiversity footprints.

Two hydropower giants account for over half of the world’s dams.

Hydropower threatens global biodiversity and our ability to survive.

Rivers are vital to maintaining and restoring biodiversity and halting the #BiodiversityCrisis.

Find out more: www.HydroBiodiversityImpact.org

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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“It will be potentially more dangerous than the mud we saw in Mariana”: International seminar held by the Federal University of Pará warns of the dangers of the Volta Grande (Belo Sun) mining project in Xingu.

“It will be potentially more dangerous than the mud we saw in Mariana”: International seminar held by the Federal University of Pará warns of the dangers of the Volta Grande (Belo Sun) mining project in Xingu.

By Isadora Soares Brazil, 22th October, 2021 Last week, Brazilian mining activities and their socio-environmental impacts were in the spotlight at the International Seminar on Mining, Transnational Companies and Traditional Peoples and Communities. Speakers at the seminar warned about the environmental impact of Canadian company Belo Sun’s gold mining project Volta Grande do Xingu. The…

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COP15: for China to achieve its ecological goals, SOEs must improve their biodiversity footprint

COP15: for China to achieve its ecological goals, SOEs must improve their biodiversity footprint

Originally published in South China Morning Post By Zhang Jingjing and Darryl Knudsen Chinese state-owned enterprises dominate the dam construction industry and are behind some of the world’s largest mining deals Beijing must now take bold action to curb its ecological footprint overseas. SOEs themselves need to adopt clear policies that exclude harmful projects This week,…

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