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Blog Posts tagged with “Dams”

  • A Clash of Visions Over the Congo River and Africa’s Biggest Dam Scheme

    By Rudo Sanyanga In the spirit of engaging our partners, please see below for a blog by Rudo Sanyanga from International Rivers. A native of Zimbabwe, Rudo holds a PhD in Aquatic Systems Ecology from Stockholm University. She is the Africa Program Director of International Rivers and is based in Pretoria. This article was first published here. It’s been three years…

  • Brazil’s Tapajós River dam complex: lessons from the failures of Belo Monte

    By Christian Poirier In the spirit of engaging with our partners please see below a blog by Christian Poirier. Christian is the Brazil-Europe Advocacy Director for Amazon Watch. This blog first appeared as a blog post on the Development Progress website.   In the last decade, the Brazilian government has advanced an Amazon hydroelectric dam building program of unprecedented proportions.…

  • Dams will not solve all Africa’s energy problems

    By Rudo Sanyanga In the spirit of engaging our partners, please see below for a blog by Rudo Sanyanga from International Rivers. A native of Zimbabwe, Rudo holds a PhD in Aquatic Systems Ecology from Stockholm University. She is the Africa Program Director of International Rivers and is based in Pretoria.  This article was first published here. THE world's water…

  • The actual costs of hydropower megaproject development

    By Catherine Bryan In the spirit of engaging with others please see below a blog by Catherine Bryan. My name is Catherine, I have many years experience in the financial sector and I have always cared about and been engaged with the environment and conservation. Over the past few months, I have been working with Synchronicity Earth on a voluntary…

  • Dams and the World Bank

    Last week, we reported that the World Bank had indefinitely withdrawn its support for the Inga III dam in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This seemed, at first, to be good news. However, on Monday our partners - International Rivers - reported that the World Bank now plans to develop the dam as a private investment through the International Finance Corporation (IFC), rather than as…

  • Conservation success in motion

    Last night, Synchronicity Earth hosted a small event about large-scale dams. During it, we showed Todd Southgate’s DAMOCRACY, a story of resistance against two of the world’s most controversial dams – the Belo Monte in Brazil and the Ilisu Dam in Southeastern Turkey. The film was recently screened at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Nevada and is attracting…

  • Good news from US Congress

    The World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank funded the Chixoy Dam in Guatemala, built in the 1970s and 80s. This dam resulted in some of the worst human rights abuses of our time - over 3,500 indigenous Maya Achi people were forcibly displaced from their homes and shockingly, more than 440 people were killed. Finally, after more than thirty…

  • International Crane Foundation

    Following on from our blog that introduced our latest partners and projects, we are pleased to provide details about another of our recently funded freshwater projects. Synchronicity Earth is supporting the International Crane Foundation (ICF) in its work to restore the Zambezi river basin and improve existing large dams for biodiversity and people. Click here to find out more about…

  • Living Rivers Siam

    Following on from our blog that introduced our latest partners and projects, we are pleased to provide details about one of our most recently funded freshwater projects. Synchronicity Earth is supporting Living Rivers Siam to mobilise Thai communities and organisations to campaign against the most damaging and unwanted dams in the highly biodiverse Mekong region. Click here to find out…

  • Will Congo’s Poor Benefit from World’s Largest Dam Project? Part Three

    By Rudo Sanyanga In the spirit of engaging with our partners please see below a blog by Rudo Sanyanga. Rudo is the Africa Program Director at International Rivers, one of our partners within our freshwater portfolio. This is the final of three blogs by Rudo that looks back on a scoping trip that was undertaken as part of the project…

  • Will Congo’s Poor Benefit from World’s Largest Dam Project? Part Two

    By Rudo Sanyanga In the spirit of engaging with our partners please see below a blog by Rudo Sanyanga. Rudo is the Africa Program Director at International Rivers, one of our partners within our freshwater portfolio. This is the second of three blogs by Rudo that looks back on a scoping trip that was undertaken as part of the project…

  • Will Congo’s Poor Benefit from World’s Largest Dam Project? Part One

    By Rudo Sanyanga In the spirit of engaging with our partners please see below a blog by Rudo Sanyanga. Rudo is the Africa Program Director at International Rivers, one of our partners within our freshwater portfolio. The blog which will be in three parts looks back on a scoping trip that was undertaken as part of the project we are supporting –…

  • Time to Celebrate - International Rivers Recognised for Exceptional Creativity and Effectiveness

    One of our freshwater project partners, International Rivers, is one of only 13 organisations (and only two environmental groups) to be awarded the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. This award recognises the excellent work of International Rivers in protecting important rivers from the damaging impacts of large-scale dams.  This award is designed as an investment in International Rivers’…