For decades, river communities have suffered from a top-down, profit-driven development model that exploits them without input or accountability. The profits flow outwards and away – to urban centers, elites and foreign investors – while local people and ecosystems suffer the adverse impacts.
Our Work to Elevate Grassroot Power
We believe that communities must have a say in how their river systems are governed, managed, developed and protected. In supporting local movements, we prioritize guidance from indigenous and ethnic minorities and develop inclusive strategies to ensure gender equity. We support indigenous and local communities’ rights to FPIC with lawsuits and public actions.
As a result, our regional and international networks have become some of the most effective, sustained civil society movements in the world. Our most notable river protection victories have been collective achievements, strengthened by these vibrant and interconnected movements.
Strengthening the Movement
Our regional and international networks have become some of the most effective and sustained civil society movements in the world, representing the interests of the estimated 10% of humanity that has been directly impacted by dams. Learn more about our ongoing work to support movements looks different in each region, specific to political and social contexts.
We believe that communities should have a say over how their river systems are governed, managed, developed and protected. Learn more about our work to support a community-driven and rights-based approach; this can take diverse forms, from supporting river basin committees along Brazil’s Tapajos River to supporting regional peoples’ forums in the Mekong.
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- A ticking time bomb: Tomorrow’s hearing can decide the fate of companies responsible for dangerously built dam that threatens more than 3,400 families in Ecuador.Powered by Canadian, Ecuadorian, Spanish and Swiss investors, the São José del Tambo dam (Hidrotambo S.A.) is considered a rudimentary and dangerously built hydro project and has been threatening the…