Peter Bosshard

International Rivers
Job title:
Senior Advisor
Tagline:
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: Monday, December 19, 2016 - 09:27
Over the past 15 years, International Rivers has changed a lot but has always stayed true to its mission. Some parting thoughts from Peter Bosshard,
Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 16:14
According to a new WWF report, we are losing freshwater populations at an alarming rate. As you will find in our review, there are glimmers of hope.
Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 15:58
Farmers and fisher folk ave developed a way of life in balance with the ecosystems of the Mekong, which sustains them. In contrast, dam builders have never come up with an alternative to the ecosystems, the nourishment and the spiritual identity that a healthy Mekong provides.
Date: Monday, September 12, 2016 - 09:16
Mega-dams rather than wind and solar power? We can't afford a World Bank President under whom the institution has to relearn the lessons of the past every 10 years, at a huge cost to the poor!
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.

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