A call to a Global Movement for Rivers and People

A call to a Global Movement for Rivers and People

The common narrative of the hydropower industry is that hydroelectric dams only bring welfare and progress. But for the communities that rely on rivers for food, income, clean water, recreation and cultural values, this promise rings hollow. Instead they endure the destruction of ecosystems, food systems and may be forced to relocate.  Hydropower dams require…

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Press release | Investor Alert: Belo Sun discloses misleading information to investors regarding controversial gold mining project in the Brazilian Amazon

Press release | Investor Alert: Belo Sun discloses misleading information to investors regarding controversial gold mining project in the Brazilian Amazon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 29, 2021 Thursday, July 29, 2021. In a complaint to the Ontario Securities Commission, an international coalition of civil society organizations calls attention to the repeated dissemination of misleading information by Belo Sun Mining Corp (TSXV:BSX), including statements by CEO Peter Tagliamonte, downplaying socio-environmental, legal, and financial risks of the company’s…

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A Tribute to Rafael Gallo, Defender of the  Pacuare River

A Tribute to Rafael Gallo, Defender of the Pacuare River

by Shannon Farley, guest writer Flowing from high in Costa Rica’s Talamanca Mountains, past indigenous Cabecar communities, through dense jungle populated with jaguars, the Pacuare River travels 85 miles to the Caribbean Sea. It is one of Costa Rica’s most acclaimed rivers for its scenic beauty and is revered by whitewater paddling enthusiasts. Thanks primarily…

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Press Release  | Coalition of International Organizations Files an Amicus Curiae Brief Calling for the Recognition of the Intrinsic Rights of the Marañón River in Peru

Press Release | Coalition of International Organizations Files an Amicus Curiae Brief Calling for the Recognition of the Intrinsic Rights of the Marañón River in Peru

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 12th, 2021 Contacts: Constanza Prieto Figelist (cpfigelist@earthlaw.org, +1 202-621-3877), Monti Aguirre (monti@internationalrivers.org, +1 707-591-1220) Lima, Peru—On July 5th, a coalition of international organizations filed an Amicus Curiae brief before the Celendín Court of Justice, Civil Court, requesting the recognition of the inherent rights of the Marañón River associated with the exercise…

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Elías Díaz Peña Echegure Tribute: Champion for People, the Pantanal, and the Paraguay and Paraná River Ecosystems

Elías Díaz Peña Echegure Tribute: Champion for People, the Pantanal, and the Paraguay and Paraná River Ecosystems

By Monti Aguirre, Dana Clark and Deborah Moore Last month we lost a river champion. We, at International Rivers, join the global river community in mourning the loss of activist, hydrologist, partner and friend Elías Díaz Peña Echeguren, who passed away in May at the age of 75. Known fondly as “Papo,” Elías was the…

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Open Letter in Support of the Munduruku People in Jacareacanga, in the state of Pará

Open Letter in Support of the Munduruku People in Jacareacanga, in the state of Pará

We, Indigenous leaders, representatives of civil society organizations, and members of the scientific community, express, through this letter, our repudiation of the attacks suffered by the Munduruku Indigenous women in Jacareacanga (southwestern Pará), on May 26 of this year. We also declare our full support for operations to combat illegal mineral exploration carried out inside…

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Coalizão para a Proteção Permanente dos Rios lança questionário para entender como as pessoas se relacionam com os rios de seus territórios

Coalizão para a Proteção Permanente dos Rios lança questionário para entender como as pessoas se relacionam com os rios de seus territórios

A Coalizão para a Proteção Permanente dos Rios, formada pela International Rivers e outras organizações do Brasil, está com questionário aberto para entender como as pessoas, movimentos sociais e ONGs identificam as ameaças aos rios,  cuidam e se relacionam com os rios de seus territórios. Voltado principalmente para pessoas que já atuam ou têm desejo…

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Organizations launch petition to save the Cuiabá River in Brazil

Organizations launch petition to save the Cuiabá River in Brazil

The coalition pressures Mato Grosso State environmental agency (SEMA) to suspend licensing to six new dams planned to be built on the Alto Paraguay basin. A coalition of Brazilian and international civil society organizations and social movements* has launched a petition to pressure the Mato Grosso State environmental agency (SEMA) against the approval of environmental…

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Press Release | Organizations warn OECD of Bolsonaro’s backsliding on human rights and environmental safeguards

Press Release | Organizations warn OECD of Bolsonaro’s backsliding on human rights and environmental safeguards

NGOs criticize Brazil’s candidacy to join the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development while far-right administration dismantles socio-environmental policies Brasília, Brazil – Over sixty civil society organizations delivered a letter to OECD Secretary General-elect Mathias Cormann this Wednesday, raising concerns about Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro’s backsliding on human rights and environmental issues just as the…

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International Rivers Joins Call To Enforce Ruling That Protects The Dulcepamba River and Small Farmers in Ecuador

International Rivers Joins Call To Enforce Ruling That Protects The Dulcepamba River and Small Farmers in Ecuador

By Emily Conrad, Dulcepamba River, Ecuador On the western slope of the Andes in Ecuador, 140 campesino and indigenous communities have been resisting activities of the hydroelectric company, Hidrotambo S.A., since 2004. Complicit government agencies have allowed the company to monopolize the water in the ~500 square kilometer Dulcepamba River basin, decimate the River’s aquatic life, destroy private property, criminalize community leaders,…

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