Asia’s rich tapestry of cultures and unparalleled ethnic diversity are connected by important transboundary river basins, including the Mekong, Salween, Indus, and Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna. These rivers originate in the Himalayas and the Tibetan plateau, connecting ecosystems fed by glaciers and snowmelt to floodplains and major river deltas downstream.
They support rich biodiversity, and the food, livelihoods and cultural systems of the region’s people are intimately connected with their flows. Large dams, ill-conceived infrastructure projects and climate change threaten to wreak havoc on these systems.
We work closely with local communities to protect these sacred, productive and biodiverse rivers. We seek to ensure that women, indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities have their voices heard and rights respected in the decisions that affect their lives, and we build movements to stop destructive projects and promote a just energy transition.
We work with river communities fighting the rapid escalation of dam-building throughout the Lower Mekong Basin, where over 65 million people across four countries rely on the river for their food, livelihoods, culture and identity. Learn more.
We work with the Salween River’s richly diverse ethnic and indigenous peoples to protect one of the last and longest remaining free-flowing rivers in Asia, and to support their ongoing struggles for self-determination. Learn more.
We are working with civil society groups, networks and peoples’ movements to protect the transboundary Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna river basin and to promote a socially just development path for the region. Learn more.
- Free-flowing Salween River needs protectionOriginally posted in the Bangkok Post By Pianporn (Pai) Deetes, Thailand and Myanmar Campaigns Director of International Rivers This morning at Sob Moei — the confluence of the Moei and…
- BCG Economy and Apec: Just empty rhetoric?Originally published in the Bangkok Post By Pai Deetes The Apec Leaders’ Summit in Bangkok this week includes an agreement to work toward the “Bangkok Goals” on Bio-economy, Circular Economy…
- Geopolitics are not accounting for local communitiesOriginally published in Centre on Asia and Globalisation Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy’s newsletter Guest Column by Pianporn Deetes is Regional Campaigns Director, Southeast Asia Program at International…
- Court dismissal of Xayaburi dam lawsuit highlights the need to strengthen accountability of cross-border investments￼By Phairin Sohsai and Gary Lee On 17 August, the Thai Supreme Administrative Court ruled to dismiss a lawsuit, filed by 37 Thai villagers against five Thai state agencies for…