International Rivers' mission is to protect rivers and defend the rights of communities that depend on them. We oppose destructive dams and the development model they advance, and encourage better ways of meeting people’s needs for water, energy and protection from damaging floods.
In June 2014 Chile's highest administrative authority, the Committee of Ministers, unanimously overturned the environmental permits for the controversial HidroAysén five dam mega-project, which was planned on the Baker and Pascua rivers. The resolution effectively cancels the project. BankTrack and International Rivers have campaigned alongside other civil society organisation for over four years to stop this project and its funding. Read more.
The coalition brings together NGOs, local people, academics, journalists, and others from within the Mekong countries and internationally. Its objective is to urge the Mekong governments to keep the Mekong flowing freely.
Rios Libres – Environmental Dispatches from Patagonia
Jul 26, 2013 - This four part series of Environmental Dispatches from Patagonia created by film-maker James Q Martin and Rios Libres examines the different aspects of the struggle to protect Patagonia from the destructive HidroAysén project and the potential that exists for a truly sustainable energy future in Chile. Each video is accompanied by a guest blog written by experts and colleagues involved in the campaign to protect Patagonia.
Hydropower: Not As Clean as You Think
Jul 23, 2013 -
World dams since 1800
Jul 23, 2013 -
Wrong Climate for Damming Rivers
Jan 02, 2012 -
Sigourney Weaver Narrates Google Earth Tour of Belo Monte Dam
Villagers See Negative Impacts from Proposed Dam (Cambodia news in Khmer)
Jun 16, 2011 - "River protection groups and villagers along the Sesan River in Ratanakkiri province have appealed to halt the Lower Sesan Dam II project, insisting more studies are needed on the dam's impact on community livelihoods. The appeal followed the government's approval of the dam project during a Vietnam-Cambodia investment conference in Phnom Penh last month. Foy Suth, a representative of riverside fishing communities on the Sesan, Sre Pork and Sekong rivers, said the families who depend on the rivers should be taken in to account. "Construction of the Lower Sesan Dam II would cause flooding so we request the government not to give permission to build this dam." VOA Khmer's Say Mony reports from Rattanakiri province."
May 02, 2011 - Trailer for new movie Patagonia Rising. It tells the story and struggle surrounding two of Chilean Patagonia's most pristine rivers: the Baker and the Pascua. These free-flowing watersheds drive biodiversity and are the life source for Patagonia’s most tenacious residents – Gauchos, the iconic South American cowboys.
Community Video Statements: Our Concerns About The Lower Sesan 2 Dam (part 2 of 3)
Apr 18, 2011 -
Community Video Statements: Our Concerns About The Lower Sesan 2 Dam (part 1 of 3)
Apr 18, 2011 -
The dark side of Ethiopia's dam boom; the fight to project Lake Turkana
May 20, 2010 - Interview with Ikal Angelei of Friends of Lake Turkana. Ikal talks about dam development in the region and how Ethiopia is affected by development.
Aviva Imhof about International Rivers and BankTrack
May 19, 2010 - Video shot during the BankTrack annual meeting in Zuerich, January 2010.
Risky Business: the Nam Theun 2 Hydropower Project
Mar 22, 2010 - The Nam Theun 2 Hydropower Project, the largest dam in Laos, was hailed by many as they way to reduce poverty and demonstrate best practice in socially and environmentally responsible dam building, still the initial signs have not been promising...
Meet Carl Middleton, Mekong Program Coordinator
Feb 09, 2010 - Introduction video about International Rivers' campaigner in the Mekong area
G: Interview downstream Theun Hinboun river
Nov 12, 2009 - subtitled interview downstream Theun Hinboun river, May 2009, Laos
F: Interview village in project land
Nov 12, 2009 - subtitled interview village in project land, May 2009, Laos
E: Interview village 2 downstream Theun Hinboun river
Nov 12, 2009 - subtitled interview village 2 downstream Theun Hinboun river, May 2009, Laos
D: Interview village downstream Theun Hinboun river
Nov 12, 2009 - Subtitled interview village downstream Theun Hinboun river, May 2009, Laos
C: Interview Resettled village part 2
Nov 12, 2009 - Subtitled interview resettled village part 2, May 2009, Laos
H: Extra footage project site THXP
Nov 12, 2009 - Additional footage about project site THXP, May 2009, Laos
I: Extra footage THHP
Nov 12, 2009 - Additional footage about THHP, May 2009, Laos
J: Extra footage different uses of the river
Nov 12, 2009 - Additional footage about different uses of the river, May 2009, Laos
K: Extra footage the Theun Hinboun river
Nov 12, 2009 - Additional footage about the Theun Hinboun river, May 2009, Laos
L: Extra footage village life
Nov 12, 2009 - Additional footage about village life, May 2009, Laos
M: Extra footage fishing
Nov 12, 2009 - Additional footage about fishing, May 2009, Laos
O: Extra footage processing rice
Nov 12, 2009 - Additional footage about processing rice, May 2009, Laos
B: Interview Resettled village part 1
Nov 12, 2009 - Subtitled interview resettled village part one, May 2009, Laos
A: Still waters, deep trouble; how Equator bank commitments sink in Lao dams
Nov 11, 2009 - This video shows how the Theun Hinboun Expansion Project in Laos is threatening the livelihoods of more than 50.000 local people.
The Rivers of Patagonia
Mar 30, 2009 - The Spanish company Endesa plans to build a series of large hydroelectric dams on the wild rivers of Aysén province, in Chile's Patagonia region. Activists are organizing to stop the destruction of the rivers of Patagonia, Glenn Switkes
Mayel Lyang Sut Lom (Voices from the Hidden Land) Part 2
Feb 10, 2009 -
Mayel Lyang Sut Lom (Voices from the Hidden Land) Part 1
Feb 10, 2009 - Mayel Lyang Sut Lom is a 20 minute documentary by Tapas Majumdar and Souparna Lahiri that shows the campaigns of the Lepcha community in Sikkim, India, against the construction of large dams in their homeland.