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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Universal recognition for the Rights of Nature grows at UN event in Brazil

Universal recognition for the Rights of Nature grows at UN event in Brazil

Over the past few days, International Rivers had the incredible privilege of participating in a groundbreaking event that spotlighted the increasingly vital concept of the “Rights of Nature” in Brazil. The second Brazilian Rights of Nature Forum took place October 6 – 8th, in the breathtaking backdrop of Ilhéus, Bahia. This Brazilian Rights of Nature…

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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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The Future of Thailand’s Rivers is in the Hands of its Prime Minister

The Future of Thailand’s Rivers is in the Hands of its Prime Minister

Originally published in the Bangkok Post by Pai Deetes, “Future of rivers in PM’s hands” In a speech to Parliament on 11 September, the new Thai Prime Minister, Srettha Thavisn, outlined policies, commitments and actions his government will take over the next four years for the “benefit and happiness of all Thai people.” While limited…

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Finance in Common Summit shows reality is not meeting rhetoric when it comes to support for human rights and civic space

Finance in Common Summit shows reality is not meeting rhetoric when it comes to support for human rights and civic space

By: Josh Klemm, Co-Executive Director of International Rivers Earlier this month, I had the chance to attend the fourth annual Finance in Common (FIC) Summit in Cartagena, Colombia. A relatively new phenomenon, the Summit brought together over 500 public development banks from all over the world who together represent tens of billions of dollars in…

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Is the Disaster in Libya Coming Soon to an Aging Dam Near You?

Is the Disaster in Libya Coming Soon to an Aging Dam Near You?

Originally Published in The New York Times by Josh Klemm and Isabella Winkler Mr. Klemm and Ms. Winkler are co-directors of International Rivers, a group that advocates for healthy rivers and the rights of river communities. The collapse of two dams in Libya, unleashing torrential floodwaters that left at least 3,000 people dead and over 4,200 still missing, was both…

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Civil Society Organizations continue to call for more effective consultation processes from the Inter-American Development Bank

Civil Society Organizations continue to call for more effective consultation processes from the Inter-American Development Bank

Yesterday, International Rivers joined organizations from Latin America and the United States with a new open letter to the president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Ilan Goldfajn. The letter repeated the calls for the Bank to improve the quality of the consultation processes by addressing the group’s recommendations presented in previous letters. “(…) we…

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STATEMENT | International Coalition to Free Vietnam’s Climate Leaders Responds to the UN Development Programme’s First Public Speech on Draft Plan of Just Energy Transition Partnership

On August 11, 2023, United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative in Viet Nam, Ms. Ramla Khalidi, delivered a speech at the consultation workshop for the draft “Resource Mobilization Plan” (RMP) – essentially the implementation plan – for Viet Nam’s Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP).  This $15.5 billion JETP was announced on December 14, 2022, by…

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