October 23, 2017


Chile’s large dam projects


International Rivers explains the problems associated with a series of large dams planned on Chile’s Pascua and Baker Rivers. Chile recently approved the building of a series of large dam complexes on the Pascua and Baker Rivers amidst one of the last remaining pristine wildernesses on Earth. Further permission for a 1900 kilometer transmission line […]

Ethiopia’s large dam projects

Kara boy in the Omo valley (photo by Daniel Sullivan)

If completed, the Gilgel Gibe series of dams on Ethiopia’s Omo River will be Africa’s largest hydroelectric installation. Planned to comprise a series of 5 cascading hydro-dams, the World Bank has provoked controversy by providing the credit to build a thousand kilometer transmission line from the dams to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. This latest decision […]

Belo Monte – announcement of war (2012)

Belo Monte (2012)

The construction of the Belo Monte dam is one of the most controversial developments ever seen in Brazilian history. The issues raised by its construction go beyond environmental, cultural and social impacts. The approval of a gigantic development in the heart of the Amazon forest, among indigenous lands, has raised alarming concerns. The independent film […]

Brazil’s large dam projects

Amazonian tribes threatened by Brazil's large dam projects

*UPDATE* 15th August 2012. Court halts work on Belo Monte dam A high-level court yesterday suspended construction of the controversial Belo Monte dam project on the Amazon’s Xingu River, citing overwhelming evidence that indigenous people had not been properly consulted prior to government approval of the project. [. . . MORE . . .] Learn […]

Water Whisperers: Tangaroa (2010)

Water Whisperers

Water Whisperers: Tangaroa is a film that celebrates ten communities facing serious water issues, who come up with amazingly simple solutions. Filmed in stunning locations around Aotearoa (New Zealand), Water Whisperers: Tangaroa take us into the world of Golden Bay dairy farmers and shell fishermen. Together they restore the Aorere River. In the Far North, […]

Are farmers going to run out of water?

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This is one of a series of six talks by Edward Goldsmith, broadcast on the World Business Report programme of the BBC World Service, 15-19 December 2003. See Related Articles on the right for others in the series. The world is facing a very serious water crisis. Already about one billion people are short of […]

Damned over the dam

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Letter published in The Guardian on Saturday 3 July 1999. Brian Wilson (“Dam Cheek”, the Guardian, 1 July 1999) refuses to publish the facts on the Ilisu dam – the excuse being commercial confidentiality. If it is the law that the interests of any large company has precedence over social, ecological and moral imperatives, then […]

Learning to live with nature: the lessons of traditional irrigation

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Modern irrigation schemes in tropical areas are, almost without exception, social, ecological and economic disasters. They necessarily lead to the flooding of vast areas of forest and agricultural land, the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people and the spreading of waterborne diseases like malaria and schistosomiasis. In addition, they are badly run, poorly maintained […]

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