International Rivers joins Acampamento Terra Livre, “Free Land Camp” event in Brasília

International Rivers joins Acampamento Terra Livre, “Free Land Camp” event in Brasília

By Flavio Montiel – Interim Director International Rivers – Brazil Brasília (DF) – International Rivers is actively participating in the Acampamento Terra Livre (ATL) in Brasília, which has been taking place since April 4 and will continue until tomorrow, April 14. The ATL brings together more than 6,000 indigenous people from 200 ethnic groups from…

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Civil society organizations speak out for transparency, participation and the inclusion of traditional communities in the Leticia Pact and financial initiatives for its implementation

Civil society organizations speak out for transparency, participation and the inclusion of traditional communities in the Leticia Pact and financial initiatives for its implementation

CSOs denounce that the Leticia Pact does not include solutions that ensure the sustainability of the Amazon, one of the main ecosystems on which humanity depends. There is concern the measures proposed in the Leticia Pact affect highly sensitive social and environmental areas. In 2019, the governments of Peru, Colombia, Brazil, Guyana, Suriname, Ecuador, Guyana…

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Weaponising water — Ukraine’s dams are targets in Putin’s war

Weaponising water — Ukraine’s dams are targets in Putin’s war

Originally published in EU Observer By Nicholas Hildyard and Josh Klemm In the early hours of 26 February 2022, Ukrainian air defences shot down a Russian missile reportedly heading for the Kyiv dam on the Dnieper River. The hydropower reservoir behind the dam, which Russian forces had unsuccessfully attempted to seize on the first day…

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10 reasons why hydropower dams are a false climate solution

10 reasons why hydropower dams are a false climate solution

Originally published in Alternet by Josh Klemm and Eugene Simonov  Not only does hydroelectric power fail to prevent catastrophic climate change, but it also renders countries more vulnerable to climate change while emitting significant amounts of methane, one of the worst greenhouse gases. A river is a spectacular living corridor that feeds forests, fisheries, coastal ecosystems, and…

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Rivers Unite Us! 25th Anniversary Day of Action for Rivers Highlights

Rivers Unite Us! 25th Anniversary Day of Action for Rivers Highlights

On March 14th for the 25th annual International Day of Action for Rivers, people all over the world gathered to protect and celebrate rivers.  The International Day of Action Against Dams and For Rivers, Water and Life was adopted by the participants of the first international meeting of People Affected by Dams in March 1997…

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Nam Ou River Cascade Hydropower Project

Nam Ou River Cascade Hydropower Project

By International Rivers originally published in The People’s Map of Global China Nam Ou River, Lao People’s Democratic Republic The Nam Ou River Cascade Hydropower Project comprises seven dams, with a combined generating capacity of 1.27 GW. The cascade includes two phases. Phase One has been fully operational since October 2016 and Phase Two since…

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Inga 3: Too High a Cost for both South Africa and the DRC (French & English)

Inga 3: Too High a Cost for both South Africa and the DRC (French & English)

By: Aqeelah Hassen, Africa Program On Thursday the 17th of February International Rivers with partners Womin, Femmes Solidaires (FESO) and Coalition des Organisations de la Société Civile pour le Suivi des Réformes et de l’Action Publique (CORAP) launched the Inga too High a Cost report in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.  The report assesses the…

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Join us in celebrating World Water Day!

Join us in celebrating World Water Day!

Today on World Water Day, we celebrate the essential importance of clean water to our lives.  Water is essential to all life. Today, we continue advocating for freshwater and raising awareness for those who fight for the rights of rivers, protection of riverine and indigenous community rights, and access to clean, undammed, undiverted free-flowing rivers….

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Dorado catfish: the Amazon fish with the world’s longest freshwater migration

Dorado catfish: the Amazon fish with the world’s longest freshwater migration

The Dorado catfish travels almost 7,200 miles up and down the Amazon River. Its life cycle relies on the free flow of this freshwater ecosystem.  Versão em português linkada aqui (Portuguese version) One of the three goliath catfish in the Amazon River, the Dorado catfish (Brachyplatystoma rousseauxii) is leathery with a metallic coloration. Fishermen and…

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Honoring Women River Defenders

Honoring Women River Defenders

All over the world, women play a critical leadership and community role in providing, managing and safeguarding water resources. Yet too often, governments ignore women’s lives and perspectives when making decisions about water. Years of experience have shown us that dams and other water infrastructure impact communities in gendered ways. Hydropower dam projects often exacerbate…

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