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September 8 2021 | Marseille, France—Today, advocates from across the globe gathered at the IUCN World Conservation Congress (both in person and remotely) to highlight the precipitous growth of the movement to recognize the rights of rivers and watersheds. The press conference also marked the approximate one year anniversary of the formal launch of the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Rivers (“Declaration”), a civil society initiative to define the basic rights to which all rivers are entitled. According to its proponents, the Declaration intends to build awareness and serve as a customizable legal model for governments wishing to join the rights of rivers movement.
August 25, 2021 | Oxford, UK and Oakland, US – A new geospatial assessment tool for hydropower, Riverscope, launched today. Riverscope was developed by TMP Systems in collaboration with International Rivers. It is the first comprehensive tool to assess often-overlooked environmental and social risks and connect them quantitatively to the commercial performance of hydropower projects.
Financial institutions warned of risks in financing controversial railroad project to export soybeans from the Brazilian Amazon
July 13, 2021 | São Paulo and Brasilia –A coalition of civil society organizations delivered today a warning letter to public and private financial institutions regarding a series of risks – social, environmental, legal, financial and reputational – related to their potential involvement in Ferrogrão, a proposed ‘greenfield’ railroad project aimed at promoting exports of mechanized soybeans and other large-scale agribusiness commodities in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon.
Coalition of International Organizations Files an Amicus Curiae Brief Calling for the Recognition of the Intrinsic Rights of the Marañón River in Peru
July 12, 2021 Lima, Peru—On July 5th, a coalition of international organizations filed an Amicus Curiae brief before the Celendín Court of Justice, Civil Court, requesting the recognition of the inherent rights of the Marañón River associated with the exercise of the biocultural rights of the indigenous communities that live in the basin. On September 28, 2018, the representatives of three communities of the Celendín Province with the legal support of Earthrights International (ERI) and the Institute of Legal Defense (ILD), filed a petition requesting that the resolution approving the EIA of the Chadín II Hydroelectric project be declared null and void and the Marañón River be recognized as an entity subject to rights.
South Africa’s energy crisis: New study confirms Inga 3 hydropower would cost South Africans an extra R10 billion per year
June 29, 2021 | Today, International Rivers and WoMin African Alliance published a new report, INGA 3: Too High a Cost – A study of the Socio-Economic Costs of the Inga 3 Dam for South Africa. The study, conducted by financial experts from UK-based TMP Systems, provides the first authoritative accounting of the true costs to South Africa of importing power from the planned Inga 3 hydropower scheme in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
May 12, 2021 | Brasília, Brazil – Over sixty civil society organizations delivered a letter to OECD Secretary General-elect Mathias Cormann this Wednesday, raising concerns about Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro’s backsliding on human rights and environmental issues just as the country’s accession to this prestigious multilateral organization is being considered.
Coalition Submits Amicus Brief in Nangaritza Case Calling for a Bold Application of the Rights of Nature in Ecuadorid gains in giving rivers rights
February 2, 2021 | QUITO, ECUADOR—This week, a coalition of forest experts, river protectors, and law professors submitted an amicus brief to Ecuador’s Constitutional Court calling for a robust application of the “Rights of Nature” to protect the Upper Nangaritza River Basin Protected Forest (“Bosque Protector de la Cuenca Alta del Rio Nangaritza”) from dangerous and harmful mining.
December 3, 2020 | On the 20th Anniversary of the landmark World Commission on Dams Report, a new report from International Rivers and Rivers without Boundaries charts an alternative course for post-pandemic energy development than the revitalization of a failing hydropower industry. As Rivers for Recoverydetails, despite the rhetoric of the hydropower industry, the industry’s global flagship projects continue to prove poor investments.
June 21, 2021 | International Rivers expresses its profound concerns over the announcement that Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) has entered into an agreement with the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to develop the Grand Inga project for hydrogen production.
June 2, 2021 | We, Indigenous leaders, representatives of civil society organizations, and members of the scientific community, express, through this letter, our repudiation of the attacks suffered by the Munduruku Indigenous women in Jacareacanga (southwestern Pará), on May 26 of this year. We also declare our full support for operations to combat illegal mineral exploration carried out inside the Munduruku territory, as well as for investigations of those responsible for these environmental crimes.
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.
March 29, 2021 | Last week, the Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) announced their approval of a new bond certification scheme for hydropower.1 This represents an unfortunate setback for the climate and for meaningful efforts to address the climate crisis. As our written submissions into the process pointed out,2 the CBI hydropower standard will generate no tangible climate benefit and instead will permit business-as-usual practice to count toward the Paris climate commitments.
International Rivers Condemns Illegal Miners’ Attacks on Munduruku Territory and Demands Immediate Protection for Indigenous People in Brazil
March 28, 2021 | International Rivers condemns and denounces the brutal attack against the Mundukuru Indigenous people on May 26. A serious offensive happened when illegal gold miners attacked a Mundukuru village in Pará State (Brazil) in retaliation for a Federal Police operation to dismantle illegal mining sites on Munduruku territory.
March 19, 2021 | International Rivers condemns the recent and historic violence and harassment towards Asian Americans in the United States. We have signed the below statement in solidarity. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to sign on here.
- Statement | IHA Sustainability Prize Illustrates A Disconnect with Reality and Continued Greenwashing of DamsYesterday, during its biennial World Hydropower Congress, the International Hydropower Association (IHA) awarded its “Blue Planet” prize for sustainability to the Teesta-V hydropower project in India, noting it “met or…
- Indigenous and environmental activists delivered a Jatoba tree to Norway’s embassy, protesting against the destruction of Amazon rainforestOn September 21, a Jatoba tree was accepted as a refugee at the Norwegian embassy in Brasilia, Brazil. The symbolic gesture was an action proposed by indigenous umbrella organization, the…
- PRESS RELEASE | 300 organizations from 69 countries call on governments to not use climate funding for so-called “sustainable” hydropower schemes***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*** Glasgow, Scotland— 300 organizations from 69 countries today launched a Rivers for Climate Global Declaration calling on governments and leaders attending COP26 to protect river ecosystems and…
- Press Release | Advocates at IUCN Congress Highlight a Wave of New Support for the Rights of RiversFor immediate release: September 8, 2021 Contacts: 1. Monti Aguirre, International Rivers (707-591-1220; email@example.com) 2. Grant Wilson, Earth Law Center (510-566-1063; firstname.lastname@example.org) Marseille, France—Today, advocates from across the globe gathered at…