Press Center

Welcome to the Press Center. Here you will find our current press releases and statements, media contacts, and other resources for journalists. For all other media inquires please reach out to our Communications Manager, Bonnie Barclay at bbarclay@internationalrivers.org Spokespeople Press Releases PRESS RELEASE | New Report: Biodiversity loss driven by world’s largest dam builders poses…

Africa

Africa’s great rivers have nourished some of the world’s most significant civilizations. They have shaped the rhythm of life for untold generations of riparian peoples, linking cultures across political borders.  Unfortunately, from the Nile to the Zambezi, many of these rivers have been dammed, diverted, dredged and polluted in the name of meeting water and…

“It will be potentially more dangerous than the mud we saw in Mariana”: International seminar held by the Federal University of Pará warns of the dangers of the Volta Grande (Belo Sun) mining project in Xingu.

By Isadora Soares Brazil, 22th October, 2021 Last week, Brazilian mining activities and their socio-environmental impacts were in the spotlight at the International Seminar on Mining, Transnational Companies and Traditional Peoples and Communities. Speakers at the seminar warned about the environmental impact of Canadian company Belo Sun’s gold mining project Volta Grande do Xingu. The…

Statement | IHA Sustainability Prize Illustrates A Disconnect with Reality and Continued Greenwashing of Dams

Yesterday, during its biennial World Hydropower Congress, the International Hydropower Association (IHA) awarded its “Blue Planet” prize for sustainability to the Teesta-V hydropower project in India, noting it “met or exceeded” good practice in its assessment against the IHA’s own sustainability tools. International Rivers responded that Teesta-V is a highly problematic project that has engendered…

Indigenous and environmental activists delivered a Jatoba tree to Norway’s embassy, protesting against the destruction of Amazon rainforest

On September 21, a Jatoba tree was accepted as a refugee at the Norwegian embassy in Brasilia, Brazil. The symbolic gesture was an action proposed by indigenous umbrella organization, the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB) and GT Infra, to raise awareness about the destruction of the Amazon rainforest.  Yesterday morning, the native tree…

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…