Welcome to the Press Center. Here you will find our current press releases and statements, media contacts, and other resources for journalists.

For all other media inquires please reach out to our Communications Manager, Bonnie Barclay at bbarclay@internationalrivers.org


Siziwe Mota

Africa Program Directorsmota@internationalrivers.org

Pianporn (Pai) Deetes

Thailand and Myanmar Campaigns Directorpai@internationalrivers.org

Monti Aguirre

Latin America Program Coordinatormonti@internationalrivers.org

Maureen Harris

Director of Programsmharris@internationalrivers.org

Darryl Knudsen

Executive Directordknudsen@internationalrivers.org

Press Releases

Organizations warn OECD of Bolsonaro’s backsliding on human rights and environmental safeguards

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.

Stronger river protections vital to a green, just recovery

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.


Group protesting for peace and no dams

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. 

Climate Bonds Initiative’s new hydropower standard is a false climate solution

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.

A Community-Centered Response to Violence Against Asian American Communities

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.

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