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?

In response to the tragic dam collapse, Josh Klemm and Isabella Winkler, co-directors of International Rivers published an opinion piece in the The New York Times. Below are highlights 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 predicted and preventable. And they won’t…

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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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Relato do XXV ENCOB: Proteção de rios e gestão hídrica no Brasil

Relato do XXV ENCOB: Proteção de rios e gestão hídrica no Brasil

Por Vitória Leopoldina Gomes Mendes, advogada especialista em direito ambiental e membro da Coalizão Pelos Rios English here. Diante de um cenário em que as mudanças climáticas cada vez mais são sentidas, a lei vêm sendo grande aliada na proteção dos sistemas naturais no mundo todo. Meu papel como advogada na Coalizão Pelos Rios, grupo…

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Report of the XXV ENCOB: River protection and water management in Brazil

Report of the XXV ENCOB: River protection and water management in Brazil

By Vitória Leopoldina Gomes Mendes, a lawyer specializing in environmental law and member of Coalizão Pelos Rios Portuguese version here. With the impacts of climate change increasing, the law has been a great ally in the protection of natural systems worldwide. My role as a lawyer in the Coalizão Pelos Rios (Coalition for Rivers), a…

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Why river protection needs to be addressed at this week’s Amazon Summit

Why river protection needs to be addressed at this week’s Amazon Summit

By Flávio Montiel, International Rivers – Brazil The Amazon Summit, one of the most important environmental meetings of the year, is taking place this week in Brazil. Representatives from the eight Amazonian nations will come together to discuss strategies and policies for the protection and sustainable development of the Amazon.  The Amazon is the largest…

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Reencounter in the Resistance: Environmental Organizations Unite to Protect Mesoamerica and South America Against Destructive Development Projects

Reencounter in the Resistance: Environmental Organizations Unite to Protect Mesoamerica and South America Against Destructive Development Projects

Environmental organizations will come together in Guatemala in August to pool their experiences, insights, and efforts in order to shield their regions from the negative impacts of development projects. This week in Guatemala, International Rivers joins Reencontramos en la Resistencia, a historic gathering of environmental organizations to foster collaboration and share crucial information to combat…

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