PRESS RELEASE | New Report: Biodiversity loss driven by world’s largest dam builders poses a major challenge for China’s global biodiversity footprint

PRESS RELEASE | New Report: Biodiversity loss driven by world’s largest dam builders poses a major challenge for China’s global biodiversity footprint

For Immediate Release: October 13, 2021  Contacts:  Josh Klemm, Policy Director, International Rivers/Report Author, +1 202 492 8904 jklemm@internationalrivers.org Bonnie Barclay, Communications Manager, International Rivers, +1 323 363 4874,  bbarclay@internationalrivers.org Oakland, CA – International Rivers today published a report calling attention to the need for the world’s largest dam building companies to take urgent steps…

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Statement | IHA Sustainability Prize Illustrates A Disconnect with Reality and Continued Greenwashing of Dams

Statement | IHA Sustainability Prize Illustrates A Disconnect with Reality and Continued Greenwashing of Dams

Yesterday, during its biennial World Hydropower Congress, the International Hydropower Association (IHA) awarded its “Blue Planet” prize for sustainability to the Teesta-V hydropower project in India, noting it “met or exceeded” good practice in its assessment against the IHA’s own sustainability tools. International Rivers responded that Teesta-V is a highly problematic project that has engendered…

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

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

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…

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Damming Rivers Is Terrible for Human Rights, Ecosystems, and Food Security

Damming Rivers Is Terrible for Human Rights, Ecosystems, and Food Security

By: Deborah Moore, International Rivers Board Member Darryl Knudsen, Executive Director Michael Simon, former Senior Director of Strategy This article was originally featured on Truthout There’s some good news amid the grim global pandemic: At long last, the world’s largest dam removal is finally happening. The landmark agreement, which was finalized in November 2020 between farmers, tribes and…

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PRESS RELEASE | South Africa and DRC plan to press ahead with Inga 3 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic

PRESS RELEASE | South Africa and DRC plan to press ahead with Inga 3 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Democratic Republic of Congo has just concluded a week-long conference on the beleaguered Grand Inga Dam Project, restating the commitment from South Africa to purchase 5000MW of electricity from the proposed project. Meanwhile, back home the SA Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy is reported to be pressing ahead with their…

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For Hasankeyf the Bell Tolls

For Hasankeyf the Bell Tolls

Guest blog by Gokce Sencan Gokce Sencan, a Turkish water policy researcher based in California, shares the experience from her recent visit to the ancient town of Hasankeyf along the Tigris River in southeastern Turkey. Hasankeyf, which has been continuously inhabited for the last 12,000 years, is slowly being drowned as the reservoir behind the…

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JOINT STATEMENT |  One year after Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy dam collapse, civil society from Korea and the Mekong call for immediate accountability and redress

JOINT STATEMENT | One year after Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy dam collapse, civil society from Korea and the Mekong call for immediate accountability and redress

One year ago today, on 23 July 2018, Saddle Dam of the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydropower project in Attapeu Province, Laos, collapsed. The dam collapse unleashed a disaster with transboundary implications in which dozens of people were killed and thousands of residents were driven from their homes. We offer our thoughts and prayers for the 49…

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Activists Puncture Big Hydro’s Attempted Greenwash in Paris

Activists Puncture Big Hydro’s Attempted Greenwash in Paris

By: Michael Simon There is no defensible way to continue damming the world’s rivers. That was the message that a powerful uprising of individuals, NGOs and social movements delivered to the World Hydropower Congress last week. (It’s not too late to lend your voice here.) Civil Society Constructively Challenges the World Hydropower Congress 9 MAY 2019 from Todd…

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A Joint Statement by Civil Society Organizations on occasion of the 2019 World Hydropower Congress in Paris

A Joint Statement by Civil Society Organizations on occasion of the 2019 World Hydropower Congress in Paris

By: Civil Society Organizations The False Promises of Hydropower How dams fail to deliver the Paris Climate Agreement and the UNA Joint Statement by Civil Society Organizations on the occasion of the Sustainable Development Goals 2019 World Hydropower Congress in Paris, France  We live in an age of urgency. Scientists have warned that we have little…

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PRESS RELEASE | Inga 3: An Exclusive Development Deal for Chinese and European companies

PRESS RELEASE | Inga 3: An Exclusive Development Deal for Chinese and European companies

By: Rudo Sanyanga, former Africa Program Director & Ange Asanzi, former Africa Campaign Coordinator On October 16, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government announced a 14 billion USD joint and exclusive development agreement with a consortium of Chinese and European developers to construct the Inga 3 hydroelectric dam, following years of delay and controversy….

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