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

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.

Coalition Submits Amicus Brief Calling for Enforcement of the Rights of the Piatúa River and Indigenous Rights in Ecuador

November 30 2020 | On November 26, a coalition of civil society organizations and law professors submitted an amicus brief to Ecuador’s Constitutional Court calling for the protection of the Piatúa River based on the Rights of Nature and Indigenous rights. The project is suspended as the Constitutional Court reviews the case. 


International Rivers stands in solidarity with the people affected by the 2021 Uttarakhand disaster

February 9, 2021 | International Rivers expresses our sorrow and regret over the tragic loss of life and destruction in a disastrous flash flood affecting the Chamoli district and other parts of India’s Uttarakhand state on 7 February 2021

Klamath River Dam Removal Back on Track

November 17, 2020 | International Rivers welcomes the news that, after an unexpected five-month delay, the Klamath River dam removal initiative is again moving forward. The removal of these four destructive and uneconomic Klamath dams will be the largest, and possibly the most important, single initiative for river restoration anywhere and at any time. 

The Mekong needs just energy transitions, not more destructive dams

June 2, 2020 | The Mekong River Commission (MRC) announced that the proposed Sanakham hydropower project in Laos will undergo the MRC’s Prior Consultation process. The proposed Sanakham dam is expensive, unnecessary and risky.

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