Press Release | More than five thousand people vibed to the rhythm of the ‘Somos Cuenca 2023 Festival’ in Concepción

Press Release | More than five thousand people vibed to the rhythm of the ‘Somos Cuenca 2023 Festival’ in Concepción

November 18 – 19, 2023 – More than five thousand people filled the square of the University of Concepción inChile, and joined organizations at the closing of the festival Somos Cuenca 2023 festival. Over eighty organizations from six countries including Costa Rica, Colombia, Peru, Mexico, the United States, and Chile, joined together to celebrate the…

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International Rivers joins the launch of the Chilean initiative, “Ríos Protegidos”

International Rivers joins the launch of the Chilean initiative, “Ríos Protegidos”

Supported by International Rivers and various organizations, the initiative aims for the protection and restoration of Chile’s rivers. It was launched this November during the Somos Cuenca 2023 Festival in Concepcion, Chile. The University of Concepción was the stage for launching the “Ríos Protegidos” initiative (www.riosprotegidos.cl), which brings together various civil society organizations, research centers,…

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The Biobío River is the star at this year’s Somos Cuenca Festival in Chile

The Biobío River is the star at this year’s Somos Cuenca Festival in Chile

This month, International Rivers was honored to be part of an inspiring event, ‘Somos Cuenca 2023 Festival’ in Concepción, Chile. With a spirit of fostering collaboration and celebrating Chile’s basin waters, the festival united diverse individuals and organizations committed to conserving the rivers. This gathering, which took place from November 11th to 19th, opened pathways…

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PRESS RELEASE | Mineradora Belo Sun assedia juridicamente líderes comunitários da Volta Grande do Xingu, defensores de direitos humanos e ambientalistas

PRESS RELEASE | Mineradora Belo Sun assedia juridicamente líderes comunitários da Volta Grande do Xingu, defensores de direitos humanos e ambientalistas

Contatos para imprensa: Verena Glas: veglass@uol.com.br ou +55.1199853.9950 Leandro Barbosa: lbarbosa@amazonwatch.org ou +55.11.98691.1338 Em meados de outubro deste ano, a mineradora Belo Sun Ltda., que quer instalar a maior mina de ouro a céu aberto do Brasil a poucos quilômetros da hidrelétrica de Belo Monte, na Volta Grande do Xingu, Pará, entrou com uma ação…

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More than 270 organizations, experts and environmentalists call for an end to new hydroelectric dams in the Amazon 

More than 270 organizations, experts and environmentalists call for an end to new hydroelectric dams in the Amazon 

In just six hydroelectric projects in the region, more than 60,000 people have already had to leave their homes or have had their life and/or food security threatened. Brazil, November 22, 2023 – More than 270 civil society organizations, experts and environmentalists have come together in an urgent appeal to government authorities, including President Luiz…

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How the Rights of Nature Movement Can Protect Rivers in Brazil

How the Rights of Nature Movement Can Protect Rivers in Brazil

by Flavio Montiel, International Rivers’ Brazil Manager Last month, I had the opportunity to participate in the second Brazilian Rights of Nature Forum held in Ilhéus, Brazil. The forum served as a gathering point for more than 300 people from diverse biomes of Brazil. The event brought together environmentalists, legal scholars, Indigenous leaders, original populations,…

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Salween communities file lawsuit to halt the Yuam/Salween Water Diversion Project

Salween communities file lawsuit to halt the Yuam/Salween Water Diversion Project

by Pianporn Deetes, Regional Campaigns Director, Southeast Asia Program October 18, 2023 – Over 80 people gathered at the Chiang Mai Administrative Court in Thailand today to mark the filing of a lawsuit against the Yuam/Salween Water Diversion Project. The lawsuit challenges the legitimacy of the project and the project’s environmental impact assessment (EIA), which…

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Mekong River defender Niwat Roykaew wins award

Mekong River defender Niwat Roykaew wins award

On Thursday, October 12, Mekong River defender Niwat Roykaew became the first Thai to receive the Leader on the Frontlines Award from the Asia Foundation, a nonprofit international development organisation based in San Francisco, California. Niwat Roykaew also known as “Kru Thi”, is the chair of the Chiang Khong Conservation Group and director of Mekong…

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STATEMENT | The Detainment of Ms. Ngo Thi To Nhien

STATEMENT | The Detainment of Ms. Ngo Thi To Nhien

CONTACT: v4climateleaders@gmail.com On Friday, September 15, Ms. Ngo Nhien (Nhien), Executive Director of Vietnam Initiative for Energy Transition (VIETSE), an independent Vietnamese energy think tank, was detained by the police. This comes on the heels of U.S. President Biden’s recent visit to Hanoi in which the two countries strengthened their partnership and discussed human rights…

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Developing news: Controversial Pak Beng Dam on the Mekong hits major milestone, despite warnings of widespread damage to environment and people

On September 13, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, or EGAT, signed a Power Purchase Agreement for the controversial Pak Beng Dam on the main stem of the Mekong River.  Located in northern Lao PDR, Pak Beng would be built on the Lower Mekong mainstream and is expected to  displace people in over 25 villages….

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