World Rainforest Movement

Stories, identity and struggles: How local communities live with and talk about Mekong’s landscape

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

Different words, different sides When asked what this picture is about, you are likely to answer, “An atomic bomb” in English. Most...

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Infrastructure, development and natural resources in Africa: A few examples from Cameroon

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

(*) In a world characterized by sluggish economic growth, Africa is often presented as the continent of the future, with average growth of...

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Land grabbing: Tactics used by European actors abroad

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

(1) Current land grabbing practices include the capture of control of relatively vast tracts of land through a variety of mechanisms. In...

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The Congo Basin: in the Sights of Capital

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

The Congo Basin in Central Africa contains the second largest forest in the world. Its extensive territory is shared by six countries: the...

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Forests to the highest bidder in Nigeria: how REDD proves unable to stop deforestation

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

The rainforests of Cross River State, southeast of Nigeria, have been recognised for many years as being globally important for their...

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Please take action: Stop the destruction of the Ekuri people’s ancestral rainforest in Nigeria

Posted on Feb 29, 2016

Dear friends, We need your urgent support. The Ekuri People’s ancestral land in Nigeria is under threat. The people of Ekuri live in...

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Press Release of the Latin American Network against Monoculture Tree Plantations, in solidarity with the peoples of Nueva Concepción, Escuintla in their struggle for the liberation of the Madre Vieja River

Posted on Feb 16, 2016

On February 9th and 11th, 2016, over 200 residents of Nueva Concepción, Escuintla, Guatemala, held an action that was historic for their...

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From the loss of fish to climate change: A look into the recent dam movement in the Mekong Region  

Posted on Feb 5, 2016

“The dams built on the Mekong mainstream and other rivers in the region have resulted in severe changes in the Mekong’s ecosystems,...

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Malaysia: Indigenous groups from around the globe adopt anti-dam declaration

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

Indigenous peoples fighting the construction of dams in many parts of the world stand in solidarity with the second year anniversary of...

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The contradictions behind the “Zero Deforestation” pledge

Posted on Dec 11, 2015

The UN climate negotiations in Paris will again put a lot of emphasis on forests, which are seen as mere carbon stores. One of the most...

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Moratorium on the Baram Dam in Sarawak, Malaysia, approved!

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

After two years of blocking all work on the proposed Baram Dam in Sarawak, Malaysia, the indigenous peoples have scored a major victory:...

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Brazil: Rising profits do not prevent layoffs: Fibria Celulosa in Mato Grosso do Sul

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

On August 25, 2015, employees of the Fibria Company in Tres Lagunas, Mato Grosso do Sul, made public the recent layoffs made by the company...

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Save the Mekong Rivers!

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

 Rivers Coalition in Cambodia (RCC) together with national and international organizations, insist to immediately stop all activities...

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Brazil– mining company VALE promoting oil palm in Pará: Impacts of the “green economy”

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

In the 19th century, the region around Belém, capital of the Amazon State of Pará, Brazil, witnessed the so-called...

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Mekong governments: Listen to the people! – Statement to sign-on

Posted on Oct 1, 2015

Dear friends, Local communities in the Mekong region in Southeast Asia, who depend on the Mekong river and numerous other rivers and lakes...

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Broken Promises in Malaysia: Displaced by Dams

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

The construction of three mega dams in Malaysia has displaced tens of thousands of people and forced them into resettlement areas. A...

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Honduras’ Garifuna communities resist eviction and theft of land

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

Along the Atlantic coast of Honduras, Afro-Caribbean Garifuna communities are being threatened and forced from their land by proposals for...

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Stop police brutality, harassment and arrests of oustees of Kanhar Dam Project

Posted on Jul 21, 2015

Aklu Chero, a tribal leader protesting the construction of the dam, was shot at by the police on April 15. (Vipin Kumar/ HT Photos) Since...

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What future for the world’s forests?

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

The new issue of the “World Rivers Review”, a magazine from the NGO International Rivers, includes reports about worldwide violations...

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Guatemala: neighborhood action against dams that deprive communities of water

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

Communities of the middle and lower basins of Madre Vieja River on the Pacific side of Guatemala are being deprived of water because of...

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The massive loot of water

Posted on Jun 3, 2015

  Each year, fleets of aircraft, ships, trucks and trains, as well as thousands of kilometers of pipelines and ducts are used to...

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Honduras: 2015 Goldman Prize awarded to Berta Caceres

Posted on May 6, 2015

In a country with growing socioeconomic inequality and human rights violations, Berta Cáceres played a key role in the struggle of the...

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Greed and Resistance in Sarawak’s Rainforest

Posted on Mar 6, 2015

The recently released book “Money Logging” documents the local politics, international complicity and dedicated resistance in the...

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“This Land is for All of We”: A Rama community in Bangkukuk, Nicaragua, speaks out about the Grand Canal Project

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

For centuries, the Rama people have lived on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua. In June of 2013, the Nicaraguan government signed an...

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Stop All Mekong Basin Dams!

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

On September 2014, fishing communities’ networks from Cambodia and Thailand met with great solidarity and commitment to share and voice...

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Mapping popular alternative proposals of envisioning infrastructure

Posted on Dec 21, 2014

The NGO network ECA Watch is mapping social movements’ alternative proposals to the large-scale infrastructure projects, including water,...

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World Cup carbon emissions ‘offset’ by hydroelectric dams in the Amazon?

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

An article by Brazilian organizations FASE Amazonía, Grupo Carta de Belém and Fórum de la Amazonía Oriental, published by the newspaper...

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Malaysia: Asian Development Bank Urged to Shelve Loan For Power Grid in Sarawak

Posted on Oct 31, 2014

  Environmental and human rights groups from Malaysia and abroad are calling on the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to stop a proposal...

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The “State of the World’s Rivers” website from the NGO International Rivers, illustrates the alarming situation of the Mekong River Basin.

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

By selecting the ‘Mekong River Basin’ from the left panel where it says 2River Basins in Focus’, detailed information will appear...

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The forests not seen on picture post-cards: looking beyond the tropical belt

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

When it comes to ‘tropical forests,’ most studies, campaigns and policies focus on those located along the equator: the Amazon...

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Coastal forests threatened by tourism

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

The tropical and subtropical coasts of Latin America, in Mexico, Brazil and most Central American and Caribbean countries, have been...

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Accelerating deforestation: Financialization as a driver of infrastructure projects

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

Infrastructure projects, such as the building of highways, railways, ports and airports, installations for the extraction of oil, gas and...

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Cambodia: Paving forested lands for gambling resorts

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

Cambodia’s biggest national park, Botum Sakor, will now host a 340-km2-infrastructure project led by the real-estate company from...

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La Consulta Inconsulta del Ecuador (Unconsulted Consultation in Ecuador)

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

Acción Ecológica (in Spanish, with English subtitles) Neither free, nor prior, nor informed. An independently produced video exposes the...

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Amazon: Territorial disputes and conflicts

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

“They consider us the periphery of the periphery” Before entering into a discussion of the profound changes taking place in...

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The Asian Development Bank’s infrastructure-led ‘growth’ in India and the Mekong region (1)

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is pivotal for creating demand and the conditions for widespread privatization in virtually every sector...

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Infrastructure, development and natural resources in Africa: A few examples from Cameroon

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

In a world characterized by sluggish economic growth, Africa is often presented as the continent of the future, with average growth of...

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HidroAysén project rejected by ministerial committee due to strong social pressure

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

Mapuexpress (in Spanish) After more than five years of hard-fought struggle against the HidroAysén energy mega-project, which would have...

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Development or destruction: What do infrastructure projects in Africa mean for its forests and people?

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

Background Much has been written about the plunder of biodiversity and other natural resources from Africa, in particular where negative...

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Large-scale infrastructure projects in forests: Constructing a base without a foundation

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

If you asked someone to list some of the main causes of rainforest deforestation, they would probably mention, for example, logging,...

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Movement of People Affected by Dams in Brazil denounces violations, proposes solutions

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

The Movement of People Affected by Dams (MAB) in the Madeira River region, made up by hundreds of rural and urban workers, farmers,...

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Women’s roles, rights and responsibility in natural resources: Some reflections from Mekong Region

Posted on Apr 5, 2014

In Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar it remains common until today that the wife will be the one who ‘owns’ the land of...

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Brazil: Sexual exploitation of women and mega-dam construction in the Amazon

Posted on Apr 5, 2014

Although they have succeeded in occupying greater space in society, women continue to suffer oppression, exploitation and violence. In...

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Should we build more large dams? The actual costs of hydropower megaproject development

Posted on Apr 5, 2014

Should we build more large dams? The actual costs of hydropower megaproject development, By Bent Flyvbjerg, Alexander Budzier, Daniel...

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International Day of Action for Rivers and Against Dams – 2014

Posted on Mar 13, 2014

March 14 is the International Day of Action for Rivers and Against Dams. Every year, thousands of people around the world lift their voices...

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International Day of Action for Rivers and Against Dams – 2014

Posted on Mar 13, 2014

March 14 is the International Day of Action for Rivers and Against Dams. Every year, thousands of people around the world lift their voices...

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The Austrian company Andritz received the blame and shame award “Eyesore of the year 2013” for its involvement in disastrous mega-projects

Posted on Mar 7, 2014

The “eyesore of the year” award is given by the Network Social Responsibility (NeSoVe) – a network of NGOs and workers’...

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Mangrove territories: “Culture, tradition and a vital space for coastal peoples”

Posted on Mar 7, 2014

Communities, peoples and civil society organizations have worked for years to raise the visibility of the significant benefits of the...

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Honduras: COPINH achieves partial victory against hydroelectric dam project

Posted on Feb 5, 2014

In October 2013, the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) denounced the Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam...

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Mega-dams in Sarawak: how indigenous peoples rise to defend their rights

Posted on Dec 23, 2013

300 indigenous people protested against Sarwak’s dams at the congress of the International Hydropower Association (IHA) this May in...

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Letter demanding the immediate cancellation of the Don Sahong Dam

Posted on Nov 1, 2013

Letter sent by the Save the Mekong Coalition, to the Mekong countries Prime Ministers demanding the immediate cancellation of the Don...

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Progress can kill: how imposed development destroys the health of tribal peoples

Posted on Oct 2, 2013

There are two versions of Survival’s ground-breaking report ‘Progress can kill: how imposed development destroys the health of...

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Rocky Road. How legal failings and vested interests behind Peru’s Purús highway threaten the Amazon and its people

Posted on Oct 2, 2013

By Global Witness, May 2013. This report examines a range of factors that Global Witness believes may be unduly influencing...

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Tanzania: Conserving mangroves … for tourism and big business

Posted on Jul 30, 2013

The land grabbing effect of conservation projects is rarely considered in the current discussion of global ‘land grabbing’. In...

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Take action for indigenous rights in Sarawak

Posted on May 30, 2013

Tens of thousands of indigenous people from Sarawak, Malaysia, are threatened with forced displacement as the Sarawak government moves...

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A brief overview of deforestation in tropical forests

Posted on Mar 30, 2013

1. Introduction UN climate negotiations have sparked a new wave of international interest in the fate of tropical forests. Their...

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Malaysia: Penan indigenous peoples threatened by logging and mega dam

Posted on Mar 30, 2013

The native customary land of Penan villagers in Sungai Patah, Baram is now confronted by a double threat coming from the attempt of a...

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Colombia: Taking action against mega dams – we are all affected!

Posted on Mar 30, 2013

On 14 March 2013, the Colombian organization Movimiento Ríos Vivos marked the International Day of Action Against Dams and For Rivers,...

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Activist Sombath Somphone disappeared in Laos

Posted on Jan 30, 2013

Sombath Somphone, a farmer, scholar, scientist and community developer as well as a well-known activist in land issues and against...

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Brazil: Belo Monte, an illegal and immoral hydroelectric dam project that violates numerous rights

Posted on Dec 30, 2012

In early December of this year, the Brazilian National Development Bank (BNDES) announced that it was granting a new loan of 22.5 billion...

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Brazil: Indigenous Group Blocks VALE Railway

Posted on Dec 14, 2012

The Pindaré Caru indigenous movement, composed of the Guajajara and Awá people, blocked the VALE multinational mining railway this past...

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Mega Dams and Other Infrastructural Works

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

These projects include hydro dam and road projects among others. The resulting deforestation is not only inside the area needed for the dam...

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Thailand: Save the Mekong – Stop the Xayaburi dam!

Posted on Sep 30, 2012

On 15 and 16 September, representatives of community networks from northeastern Thailand gathered in Bangkok to protest against the...

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Killings worldwide – the toll of land grabbing

Posted on Jul 30, 2012

Land grabbing is characterized by the acquisition of vast areas of land in countries of Africa, Latin America and Asia for a variety of...

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Malaysia: Baram Dam would flood indigenous communities to benefit mining in Borneo

Posted on Jul 30, 2012

The current government of Sarawak, a Malaysian state on the island of Borneo, is planning to build 12 hydroelectric dams which would...

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Sustainable Energy for All – or another scheme to increase energy corporation profits?

Posted on Jun 30, 2012

Sustainable Energy for All (SEFA) is an initiative launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in October 2011 and which has been gaining...

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Support the struggle against the Belo Monte dam, a struggle that has not ended

Posted on May 30, 2012

In the city of Altamira, Pará, Brazil, this June 13-17 – on the eve of the Rio+20 conference – the Movimento Xingu Vivo para Sempre...

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Action for rivers and against dams

Posted on Mar 30, 2012

March 14 is the International Day of Action For Rivers and Against Dams, when several voices raise against destructive water development...

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Mekong: International petition against the Xayaburi Dam

Posted on Nov 30, 2011

On the first week of November, International Rivers launched an international petition calling on the Prime Ministers of Laos and Thailand...

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CDM does not reduce emissions. Leaving fossil fuels in the ground does

Posted on Nov 30, 2011

Last month, I was in Bangkok for a meeting about carbon markets in southeast Asia. It was ironic to be discussing a false solution to...

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Belo Monte dam site occupied!

Posted on Oct 30, 2011

On October 27, hundreds of indigenous men and women, fisherfolk and riverine community members occupied the construction site of one of the...

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India: Ravaged Landscape, Devastated People – Tales of Hydro Power CDM projects in Himachal Pradesh

Posted on Apr 30, 2011

India continues to be one of the ‘hottest’ locations for carbon ‘offset’ projects despite the global carbon market slump: as of...

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Brazil: OAS calls for suspension of Belo Monte dam construction

Posted on Apr 30, 2011

On April 4, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), an organ of the Organization of American States (OAS), officially...

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The devastating effects of tsunamis, big hydroelectric dams and other “clean” energies

Posted on Mar 30, 2011

Over the last decade, as the effects of climate change have become increasingly visible, there has been a lot of talk from big companies,...

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Greenwashing Hydropower

Posted on Mar 30, 2011

On a hot May day, a peasant farmer named Bounsouk looks out across the vast expanse of water before him, the 450-square-kilometer reservoir...

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Brazil: Belo Monte dam would turn the Xingú River into a river of blood

Posted on Mar 30, 2011

A hydroelectric complex comprising two dams and the diversion of the Xingú River from its natural course on the stretch that flows through...

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Brazil: Discrimination and violence against women in the construction of hydroelectric dams

Posted on Mar 30, 2011

Cause and effect of a dam The company staff came And said nothing would happen Suddenly a surprise The parents rose up in protest The...

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Actions against dams around the world

Posted on Mar 30, 2011

Indonesia: Since April 2005, two companies involved in the building of a mega-dam in Indonesia, both owned by the a former Vice President...

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Mekong dams heat up the region

Posted on Mar 8, 2011

The problems associated with large-scale hydropower dams are not a new issue to the Mekong basin. Originating in the Tibetan Himalayas, the...

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DRC: INGA dams for big business

Posted on Mar 8, 2011

Along the Congo River in the Democratic Republic of the Congo the Inga hydropower scheme has developed a series of hydroelectric dams, two...

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India: POSCO project approved but the struggle continues

Posted on Feb 28, 2011

On January 31, 2011, the Indian movement POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (POSCO Resistance Struggle Movement) issued a press release to...

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Boom in dam-building for hydropower devastates tribal peoples’ lives

Posted on Aug 30, 2010

To mark the UN Day of Indigenous People, Survival International has released a new report highlighting the devastating impact on tribal...

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Bolivia: Hydroelectric dams on the Madera River denounced at the People’s Permanent Tribunal

Posted on Jun 29, 2010

On 14 and 15 March, the Third Session of the People’s Permanent Tribunal was held in Madrid (Spain). This is an activity promoted by the...

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Brazil: Women affected by dams – changes in their lifestyles

Posted on Mar 30, 2010

The building of hydroelectric dams in Brazil has been marked by a lack of respect for the environment and society and more so by a lack of...

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Africa: The huge value of mangroves for communities

Posted on Feb 27, 2010

Africa is richly endowed with mangroves, which cover over 3.2 million hectares, extending from Mauritania to Angola on the Atlantic coast...

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Hydropower on the Mekong: Where dams may block the future of millions

Posted on Dec 30, 2009

Hydropower is often portrayed as “clean” or “green” energy and as part of the solution for preventing fossil fuel-related climate...

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Posco: Destroying forests in India and establishing carbon sink plantations in Uruguay

Posted on Oct 30, 2009

Uruguay and the Republic of Korea have recently signed an Agreement for Investment Promotion and Protection which, according to Uruguayan...

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Burma: The looming social and environmental disaster of the Tasang dam

Posted on Aug 30, 2009

Keng Kham is a community located along the Pang River, that flows down from the mountain and into the Salween River in southern Shan State...

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Dominican Republic: The people say “no” to the cement factory at Los Haitises!

Posted on Jul 30, 2009

The “Los Haitises National Park” located between the Provinces of Samana, Monte Plata and Hato Mayor, has been classed as a protected...

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The clash of two worlds in the Peruvian Amazon

Posted on Jun 29, 2009

The Peruvian government chose the symbolic date of World Environment Day to launch a bloody attack on the peoples of the Amazon. The reason...

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Mekong Citizens to Hand 15,000 Signature “Save the Mekong” Petition to Thai PM

Posted on Jun 29, 2009

PRESS RELEASE. In a bold outpouring of public concern for Southeast Asia’s Mekong River, more than 15,000 people from within the...

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India: Lepchas arrested for opposing mega hydro project T

Posted on Apr 29, 2009

he old Lepcha tribe were isolated forest dwellers living harmoniously with nature over centuries. They were hunters and gatherers leading...

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Congo, D.R: Inga dams mean big business for corporations and no benefit for local communities

Posted on Jan 30, 2009

The Inga hydroelectric scheme (Inga 1, Inga 2, Inga 3 and Grand Inga) is located 140 miles southwest of capital city Kinshasa. It lies on...

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Se viene la mayor batalla de la historia en defensa de la Amazonía boliviana

Posted on Jul 21, 2007

Only available in Spanish – Por Pablo Cingolani – 21/Julio/2007 No a las mega represas de Lula en el río Madera El monstruo...

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Hydroelectric Dams and the Forgotten People of the Bolaven Plateau

Posted on Dec 24, 2004

by Phetsavanh Sayboualaven 1) Introduction Houay Ho Dam on the Boloven Plateau in Southern Laos was built by Korean company Daewoo and...

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Declaración del II Foro Mesoamericano Contra las Represas “Por el Agua y la Vida de los Pueblos”

Posted on Jul 20, 2003

Only available in Spanish – La Esperanza Intibuca, Honduras Del 17 al 20 de julio del 2003 Preocupados por la creciente invasión de...

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Dams. Struggles against the modern dinosaurs

Posted on Apr 9, 2003

This book gathers a selection of articles published in the monthly electronic bulletin of the World Rainforest Movement (WRM), addressing...

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The direct and underlying causes of forest loss

Posted on Dec 17, 2002

Forests are one of the most valuable eco-systems in the world, containing over 60 per cent of the world’s biodiversity. This...

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Salvemos los Ríos y el Agua: Efectos Mundiales de las Represas y en los Pueblos Indígenas y Campesinos

Posted on May 27, 2002

Only available in Spanish – Las investigaciones demuestran que las hidroeléctricas no sólo son destructivas social y...

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Declaración del Foro Mesoamericano por la Vida “Agua, Luz y Tierra para los Pueblos”

Posted on Mar 24, 2002

Only available in Spanish –  Cooperativa Unión Maya Itzá, Petén – Guatemala 21 al 23 de marzo de 2002  Durante los días...

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