Peter Bosshard

International Rivers
Job title:
Interim Executive Director
Wet, Wild and Wonky
Personal bio:
I have advocated for human rights and the environment for more than 20 years and am currently International Rivers' interim Executive Director. I view rivers and dams as a lens through which we can analyze the relations between humans and nature more generally. When I'm not at work, I spend time with my family and explore the great outdoors. My favorite river is the Albula in the Swiss Alps. In addition to my blog, you can find me on Twitter @PeterBosshard.
Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 16:57
Wind and solar power have started to eat the dam builders' lunch much more quickly than expected. Our mini-series on positive solutions presents amazing trends and points out some of the laggards.
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 15:06
Will the Inga 3 Dam, model project of the World Bank and part of the world's largest hydropower scheme, be built without an environmental impact assessment? Read our analysis and commentary.
Date: Monday, May 9, 2016 - 10:39
Date: Monday, May 2, 2016 - 14:44
Munduruku activist in Brazil
Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 16:29
World Bank President Jim Kim has once again presented a strong defense of large dams. High time to look at the evidence!
Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 09:04
After another Honduran activist was murdered, FMO and Finnfund have suspended their support for Agua Zarca. What needs to happen next?
Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 12:31
Continued support of the Agua Zarca Dam after Berta Cáceres' murder taints the credibility of the Dutch and Finnish human rights policies.
Date: Friday, March 4, 2016 - 17:02
We don't know who fired the bullet that killed Berta Cáceres, but we know who shares a moral responsibility for this hideous crime.
Date: Friday, February 12, 2016 - 15:48
If it were not for their bath in the Tiber, Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn might never have kissed during their Roman Holiday. Rivers inspire our love, and they deserve our love. One month after February 14, we'll celebrate a special Valentine's Day for the Rivers.
Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 08:55
Will households soon be able to generate and store electricity independent from the electric grid and destructive dams? This exciting scenario has just come one step closer to reality. Read our blog post on the topic.
Date: Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 12:54
Scientists have found that dam builders “often overestimate economic benefits and underestimate far-reaching effects on biodiversity and critically important fisheries.” Read our review!
Date: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 - 17:09
More than 100 tributaries have made International Rivers a true River of Talent. Check out our new map, which depicts the great ecosystem called International Rivers.
Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 12:20
International Rivers mourns the passing of Doug Tompkins, a great friend and visionary activist for the protection of Patagonia.
Date: Friday, September 25, 2015 - 10:12
International Rivers comments on the new U.S.-China Joint Presidential Statement on Climate Change.
Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 14:31
A new study examines the devastating role of African reservoirs in spreading malaria. Read our review for the details.
Date: Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 12:14
A brief list of 30 amazing facts about rivers - and the threats they're facing.
Date: Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 11:53
If current trends continue, wind and solar power may eventually blow destructive dams out of the water. Check out our latest figures and infographics!
Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 16:31
Practical energy solutions for Southern Africa are readily available. They have so far been crowded out by white elephant dams on the Congo River.
Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 16:32
A new TNC report shows how 100,000 kilometers of rivers could be saved from damming without a reduction in hydropower generation. We review the new approach and its limitations.
Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 17:40
I encourage you to apply for my dream job: the position of International Rivers’ next Executive Director.
Date: Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:31
The World Bank has promised to learn from its past mistakes. Yet a new report about the Bank's resettlement projects shows that for the development financier, poor people literally don't count.
Date: Friday, March 20, 2015 - 11:30
Through his life's work, the new Stockholm Water Prize Laureate Rajendra Singh has shown that bottom-up approaches are the best way to manage water, droughts and floods.
Date: Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 12:00
We call our rivers Father Rhine and Mother Ganges. The Mekong, Nile and Zambezi are venerated as Rivers of Life. In India, rivers like the Yamuna and Narmada are worshipped as goddesses. Rivers feed us, connect us, and give us a sense of identity. This is why we celebrate them with an International Day of Action for Rivers on March 14 every year.
Date: Monday, January 12, 2015 - 09:28
Twelve iconic projects illustrate how dams – the largest structures ever built by humans – have changed the face of our planet.
Date: Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 11:49
A corrupt clique is turning Sarawak's rainforest into a monoculture of oil palms and reservoirs. A new book documents the greed, the corruption and the resistance by indigenous peoples.
Date: Monday, December 15, 2014 - 09:29
Sinohydro, the world's largest hydropower contractor, has engaged in dialogue with International Rivers for the past five years. The company is now considering a series of dam projects that will test its commitment to social and environmental responsibility.
Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 17:42
In its budget bill for 2015, the US Congress passed strict conditions on what kind of dams the World Bank and international financiers can build. Will they transform the way dams are planned and developed?
Date: Monday, December 8, 2014 - 14:33
Healthy wetlands and other ecosystems are our best insurance against the vagaries of climate change, a new report by Wetlands International argues. The organization works with village groups around the world to restore the Inner Niger Delta and other critical ecosystems. Will a new project by the World Bank now undermine these efforts?
Date: Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 09:32
The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is a much-needed health check up for our environment. It tells us what is happening to the Chinese river dolphin and other building blocks of life on Earth. We can't survive without the rich biodiversity on our planet, and are well-advised to heed the warning signs of the environmental health check-up.
Date: Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 14:39
Norway is one of the last countries which still fund hydropower dams with development aid. In an in-depth evaluation, the country’s Auditor General has concluded that this aid doesn’t benefit the poor. Given Norway’s role in the sector, the finding is of global importance.



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