United for Restoration and a Just Recovery: How protecting biodiversity and advancing climate and economic justice is the recovery we need

United for Restoration and a Just Recovery: How protecting biodiversity and advancing climate and economic justice is the recovery we need

This year, Earth Day and UN World Environment Day both focus on restoration, for good reason; 97% of Earth’s land area may no longer be ecologically intact. If we don’t urgently make recovery and investment choices that change course, our ecosystems, and humanity itself are on a path to collapse.  We’re facing multiple crises: a global pandemic,…

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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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A global call to action on the situation in Myanmar

A global call to action on the situation in Myanmar

We stand with our partners and friends in Myanmar. We mourn the tragic loss of life and condemn the brutal violence and unimaginable terror they are facing. We applaud their incredible courage.  We urge the international and business community to take immediate action to support the brave people of Myanmar in their struggle against this…

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Water, Women, and Governance: What are the challenges for gender equity? (Webinar)

Water, Women, and Governance: What are the challenges for gender equity? (Webinar)

On March 30, 2021, at 5 pm, Brasília time, the Water Governance Observatory (OGA), the Institute of Water and Sanitation (Instituto Água e Saneamento, IAS), International Rivers and Fundación Avina promote the Webinar “Water, women and governance: what are the challenges for gender equity?”. The event will be broadcast on the YouTube channel of the…

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STATEMENT | Climate Bonds Initiative’s new hydropower standard is a false climate solution

STATEMENT | Climate Bonds Initiative’s new hydropower standard is a false climate solution

Last week, the Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) announced their approval of a new bond certification scheme for hydropower.1 This represents an unfortunate setback for the climate and for meaningful efforts to address the climate crisis. As our written submissions into the process pointed out,2 the CBI hydropower standard will generate no tangible climate benefit and…

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United for Rivers! | Day of Action 2021 Report Back

United for Rivers! | Day of Action 2021 Report Back

On March 14, 2021, we celebrated the 24th annual International Day of Action for Rivers. On this day 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…

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A Community-Centered Response to Violence Against Asian American Communities

A Community-Centered Response to Violence Against Asian American Communities

STATEMENT IN SOLIDARITY FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Bonnie Barclay at +1.323.363.4874 or bbarclay@internationalrivers.org International Rivers condemns the recent and historic violence and harassment towards Asian Americans in the United States. We have signed the below statement in solidarity. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to sign on here. The brutal murders in Atlanta, Georgia are a…

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Why Recognize a River’s Rights? Behind the scenes of the Magpie River case in Canada.

Why Recognize a River’s Rights? Behind the scenes of the Magpie River case in Canada.

By: Pier-Olivier, SNAP Quebec; Monti Aguirre, International Rivers; Grant Wilson Earth Law Center Lire en Français Keywords: environment, conservation, rivers, protection, law, Nature, Magpie, legal personhood, First Nations, municipalities On February 23, the Muteshekau-shipu Alliance, of which SNAP Québec is a member, announced that “legal personhood” had been granted to the Magpie River – a…

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Op-Ed | Women Bear the Highest Cost of Injustice

Op-Ed | Women Bear the Highest Cost of Injustice

By: Pai Deetes, Regional Campaigns and Communications Director, Southeast Asia ProgramInternational Rivers Op-ed originally published on Bangkok Post Soithip, an ethnic Karen-Thai woman from Bang Kloi in the Kaeng Krachan Forest, was among 22 villagers who were rounded up last Friday by state authorities and put behind bars at the Phetchaburi Provincial Prison. Returning to…

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Welcome to our new Board Members: Sharon Khan & Carlo Scapinelli!

Welcome to our new Board Members: Sharon Khan & Carlo Scapinelli!

Compiled by, Melina Selverston At International Rivers we strive constantly to improve our capacity to defend rivers and river communities. It is critical to continue to invite diverse and experienced volunteers to provide support and leadership to our staff. In this vein, please join International Rivers in welcoming two new members to our Board of…

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