Defending Rivers and Their People

The Amazon Basin, home to 60% of the planet’s remaining tropical rainforests, is being targeted for large dam projects. A series of large-scale hydroelectric dams and industrial waterways, associated with mining, logging and agribusiness schemes, threaten to transform the Amazon into a center for extraction of raw materials for export. ... continue reading.

Peruvian Amazon in Danger

The Peruvian Amazon is an area of rich biodiversity, sustaining bountiful fisheries, diverse wildlife, and the livelihoods of indigenous and non-indigenous peoples. Its rivers provide rich sediments and nutrients to the Amazon mainstream. However, the construction of close to 50 dams on Peru’s rivers, mostly on the eastern drainage, could ... continue reading.

Protecting Against Harmful Dams

International Rivers works with its partners to communicate the experiences of the international movement for "people, water, and life" to new dam financiers and dam builders in China. International Rivers' China Global Campaign provides information about China's role in global dam building, supports groups in countries affected by Chinese dams, ... continue reading.

Protecting China's Rivers

The Three Gorges Dam is the world’s largest hydropower project and most notorious dam. The project has been plagued by corruption, spiraling costs, environmental impacts, human rights violations and resettlement difficulties. The Three Gorges Dam is a model for disaster, yet Chinese companies are replicating this model both domestically and ... continue reading.

Protecting Migratory Fisheries

The complex ecosystem of the mighty Mekong River in the remote province of Xayaboury in northern Laos are the spawning grounds of rich migratory fisheries that feed millions of people along the entire length of the river. However, this way of life is now threatened. Thailand’s largest construction companies is ... continue reading.

Protecting Patagonia's Ecosystems

International Rivers is fighting dams proposed on the Baker and Pascua rivers in southern Chile. The company HidroAysén is proposing to build three dams that would flood nearly 15,000 acres of globally rare forest ecosystems and some of the most productive agricultural land in the area. International Rivers is working ... continue reading.

Saving Ethiopia's Rivers

Ethiopia has huge hydropower potential, and the Ethiopian government is thinking big: it contends that large dams are critical for ending its poverty. But most development analysts believe the rural poor need smaller-scale water projects more suited to meeting their immediate needs. Water for irrigation from large reservoirs is mostly ... continue reading.

Saving the Mekong River

The revival of plans to build a series of dams on the Mekong River presents a serious threat to the river's ecology and puts at risk the wellbeing of millions of people dependent on the river for food, income, transportation and a multitude of other needs. China's dam construction on ... continue reading.

Wrong Climate for Damming Rivers

Hundreds of large dams are proposed in areas where climate change could bring great hydrological uncertainty. While there is much uncertainty in climate science, one thing is clear: it's the wrong climate for damming rivers. First, big dams are at huge risk from climate change's impacts on river flows. Equally ... continue reading.

Zambezi, River of Life

The Zambezi River is Southern Africa’s “River of Life.” The fourth largest river system in Africa, it drains seven countries and supports millions of people, who make use of its rich fisheries, forests, water, and rich floodplain soils. The lower Zambezi in Mozambique is the most productive and biologically diverse ... continue reading.