Calling for bold and inclusive Water Action for rivers and rights at the UN Water Conference

Calling for bold and inclusive Water Action for rivers and rights at the UN Water Conference

By Bonnie Barclay, Global Communications Manager for International Rivers At last month’s UN Water Conference on March 22-24, International Rivers joined Indigenous leaders, civil society partners, and high-level public and private sector stakeholders to discuss key water-related issues and produce ambitious inclusive, and intersectional commitments and approaches that serve all.   About the UN Water Conference…

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Pak Lay and Luang Prabang dam Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs): Who benefits?

Pak Lay and Luang Prabang dam Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs): Who benefits?

By Pianporn Deetes and Gary Lee As media attention focused on the dissolution of the parliament to prepare for the upcoming national election, news that a Power Purchase Agreement with Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) was signed for the Pak Lay dam slipped by without making much of a ripple. Gulf Energy, a Thai…

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WATCH: International Rivers’ Monti Aguirre speaks about protecting rivers and human rights at UN Water Conference 

WATCH: International Rivers’ Monti Aguirre speaks about protecting rivers and human rights at UN Water Conference 

Monti Aguirre, International Rivers’ Latin America Program Director spoke at the Informal Special Event – Reducing inequalities – implementing Human Rights about the harmful impacts dams have on human rights especially the rights of Indigenous Peoples. Watch here on International Rivers’ YouTube channel Read her full statement: “I am grateful to the organizers of this…

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Free-flowing Salween River needs protection

Free-flowing Salween River needs protection

Originally posted in the Bangkok Post By Pianporn (Pai) Deetes, Thailand and Myanmar Campaigns Director of International Rivers This morning at Sob Moei — the confluence of the Moei and the Salween rivers on the Thailand-Myanmar border — indigenous peoples and their supporters are attending a spiritual ceremony to express their collective stance to protect…

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Hear from participants of International Rivers’ Women and Rivers Leadership Accelerator Program

Hear from participants of International Rivers’ Women and Rivers Leadership Accelerator Program

In recognition of the critical role women play in shaping water solutions and the support needed to grow their impact, International Rivers partnered with Women’s Earth Alliance and launched the first Women and Rivers Accelerator Program in 2022 to strengthen the global movement of women river defenders. The first accelerator brought together 23 women river…

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These women are using their voices and leadership to help save the planet

These women are using their voices and leadership to help save the planet

International Rivers’ 2023 IWD Week List with some of the inspirational women Environmentalists you should know and follow Join International Rivers in celebrating #WomensHistoryMonth and #InternationalWomensDay this week. Women play critical leadership roles in providing, managing and safeguarding water and other natural resources. Yet too often, governments ignore women’s lives and perspectives when making decisions…

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Protecting Rights of the Himba Indigenous Community and Kunene River through Community Protocols

Protecting Rights of the Himba Indigenous Community and Kunene River through Community Protocols

by Siziwe Mota, International Rivers Africa Program Director of International Rivers and introduction by Nalori Chakma, South Asia Senior Programme Coordinator, Transboundary Rivers of South Asia Introduction Globally, Indigenous rights to self-determination in relation to their rights to lands, territories and resources have been gaining support and attention at different levels.  However, despite this a…

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Organizations request new IDB President respect human rights and prioritize environmental protections

This week, International Rivers joined a group of organizations from Latin America and the United States in addressing a letter to the president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Ilan Goldfajn. The open letter asks that the Bank strengthen its work by ensuring respect for human rights and the environment, as well as by creating…

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A Note from our Co-Executive Directors

A Note from our Co-Executive Directors

Dear River Defenders, This is a moment for International Rivers and the river protection movement that we must grab.  That’s what occurs to us as we think back on this first year of our joint leadership as co-directors at International Rivers, and forward to what lies ahead. In the past year, with your incredible support,…

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Open letter: Counting on new hydropower in Europe is irresponsible

Open letter: Counting on new hydropower in Europe is irresponsible

100+ NGOs write to EU negotiators asking them to protect Europe’s rivers from new hydropower deployment in the revised Renewable Energy directive. Ahead of the next political trilogue on the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive, more than 100 NGOs are sending an open letter to co-legislators from the European Parliament, European Commission and Council Presidency, asking…

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International NGOs Call for Release of Prominent Environmental Defender in Vietnam One Year After 5-Year Prison Sentence

International NGOs Call for Release of Prominent Environmental Defender in Vietnam One Year After 5-Year Prison Sentence

PRESS RELEASE | International NGOs Call for Release of Prominent Environmental Defender in Vietnam One Year After 5-Year Prison Sentence Environmental Lawyer Dang Dinh Bach Is One of Several Silenced by the Vietnamese Government After Attempts to Wean the Country Off of Coal and Protect Communities from Public Health Hazards For Immediate Release: January 24, 2023 MEDIA…

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