River Defenders Gather Forces in Georgia

River Defenders Gather Forces in Georgia

By: Kate Horner, former Executive Director & Igor Vejnovic This article originally appeared on Open Democracy. This week, activists from across the world are meeting in Tbilisi to share their experiences of resisting hydropower projects and the money that supports them. Free-flowing rivers are often the unsung heroes of the natural world. They support immense biodiversity, as…

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Can the World Bank Lead by Example in Moving Away from Large Dams?

Can the World Bank Lead by Example in Moving Away from Large Dams?

Since his election in 2012, World Bank President Jim Kim has trumpeted the Bank’s return to large hydropower including so-called “transformational” mega-dams. Kim himself championed the controversial Inga 3 Dam, the first phase of an extremely ambitious suite of dams envisioned on the Congo River. This marked a new chapter in the Bank’s support for…

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Thailand’s Responsibility to the People of the Salween River

Thailand’s Responsibility to the People of the Salween River

By: Pai Deetes, Thailand and Myanmar Campaigns Director A version of this article was originally published in The Bangkok Post In an interview with newspaper Thansettakit earlier this week, Thailand’s Permanent Energy Secretary Areepong Bhoocha-oom discussed the Ministry of Energy’s plans to meet with its Myanmar counterpart to advance Thailand’s energy investment in the country. Proposed projects include hydropower…

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Peru’s Energy Future

Peru’s Energy Future

By: Monti Aquirre, Latin America Program Director Last year, International Rivers and the Peruvian organization Forum Solidaridad commissioned a study about Peru’s energy future. We wanted to understand what plans were in the works, and rigorously examine whether these plans were in step with 21st century realities. We asked Dr. Alberto Ríos Villacorta, an engineer, researcher and renewable…

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Damming the Patuca

Damming the Patuca

By: Monti Aquirre, Latin America Program Director In 1998, I traveled to Honduras at the request of representatives from the Tawhaka indigenous people, who live by the Patuca River. The planned Patuca II Dam, located near their lands, was threatening their livelihoods and lives. Villages would be flooded, and people would lose their fruit trees…

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The Surprising Success of Micro Hydro

The Surprising Success of Micro Hydro

By: Sarah Bardeen, former Communications Director Dipti Vaghela is passionate about micro hydro. To be fair, she’s also obsessed with other mini-grids, including biomass gasifiers and small-scale solar. But since 2006, Vaghela has been deep in the weeds on this subject, working as both a researcher and a practitioner to develop community-based micro-hydro in South…

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The Race to Snapshot South American Rivers: River Guardian Nathan Lujan

The Race to Snapshot South American Rivers: River Guardian Nathan Lujan

By: Margaret Zhou, Partnerships Manager Nathan Lujan began his career studying South America’s ancient rivers. Now he’s racing against time to document the continent’s fish species before they’re lost. This is a special River Guardians feature for World Fish Migration Day 2016. A life exploring America’s rivers In 2005, fish biologist Dr. Nathan Lujan was leading…

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Indigenous Activists: In the Crosshairs of Development

Indigenous Activists: In the Crosshairs of Development

By: Peter Bosshard, former Executive Director This commentary first appeared in Mongabay  When we learned that Berta Cáceres, a leader of the indigenous Lenca people, was murdered in Honduras, we were shocked but not surprised. A violent death is the all-too-frequent fate of indigenous activists who defend their rivers and lands against dams, logging and other forms of…

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The Mortal Danger of Opposing a Dam

The Mortal Danger of Opposing a Dam

By: Sarah Bardeen, former Communications Director In Sudan last week, dozens of peaceful protesters were injured when Sudanese police used force to break up a protest against the Kajbar and Dal dams. For some, it was deja vu – a painful echo of 2006-07, when Sudanese security forces took the lives of at least seven people who…

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MEDIA | Media Kit on Xayaburi Dam Lawsuit

MEDIA | Media Kit on Xayaburi Dam Lawsuit

In August 2012, 37 plaintiffs made up of villagers living in eight provinces along the Mekong in Thailand from Chiang Rai to Ubon filed a lawsuit against five government bodies, including the National Energy Policy Council, the Thai Cabinet, and the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) for their role in the Xayaburi Dam. In…

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