Hydropower projects, disguised and depoliticized as green and sustainable, are being imposed as a development solution across the Himalayas. The dam conflicts presented here illustrate how civil society groups have become political actors, rising up against assaults on democracy.* Source: NHPC. Climate change has set an imperative for economies around the world to revise their … Continue reading ‘Green’ development and democracy? Hydropower in Northeast India
What if environmental conflicts do not manifest themselves? The Cobre Las Cruces mining company has managed to access and control common water resources thanks to a top-down, technocratic version of science, which silences social conflict.* The empirical case of the use of water resources in the Cobre Las Cruces mining project (CLC) demonstrates the importance … Continue reading Mining, water appropriation and latent conflicts
A group of 'kayaktvists' from all over Europe recently paddled 390 km of Balkan rivers, in an exciting and creative expression of protest against the looming 'dam tsunami' on the peninsula. Six countries, 23 rivers, 390 river kilometres: on Friday, May 14, a very unique activity ended in the Albanian capital of Tirana – the … Continue reading The other Balkan route
A handful of anti-dam activists were recently killed in remote Northeast India. A worldwide wave of state-mediated violence against anti-hydro protesters also brings up larger questions about these supposedly green and clean ‘development projects’. Two months after the highly publicized murder of renowned indigenous environmental activist and Goldman Prize winner Berta Caceres, who fought against … Continue reading Stop state-mediated violence in the name of green energy!
"We Munduruku, descendants of our ancestors, who survived and still survive these days, are still subjected to genocide. Without the land rights that guarantee our survival, we are left with only the right to die. Our blood shed on this sacred land cries out for justice until the new millennium." The international conference 'Undisciplined Environments' organized … Continue reading Letter from the Munduruku in the Brazilian Amazon
A large dam is under construction in Portugal's Alto Douro Wine Region UNESCO World Heritage site. Local movements call to stop the dam and safeguard this patrimony #savetua #savetua http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzWtNFZsX2c Very soon, hundreds of hectares of farmland, one of Europe’s finest rivers for mountain and white water sports and one of the continent’s oldest railway lines will … Continue reading The last days of Tua
The assassination of Berta Cáceres has galvanised environmental justice and human rights organisations around the world. The ENTITLE collective joins this international condemnation. Read more and sign the petition to show your support, to be used in mobilisations at Honduran embassies and consulates in the coming days, and at next week's session of the UN … Continue reading International call to condemn the murder of indigenous leader Berta Cáceres in Honduras
By María J. Beltrán. Virtual water and water footprint studies, when disembedded from all institutional and political processes alter our understanding of ecosystems, from complex systems thinking toward simple flow analysis. The concept of ‘virtual water’ was defined by Professor Tony Allan in the early 1990s. It is a revolutionary concept because it describes something … Continue reading What does virtual water conceal?
By Matthäus Rest, Austin Lord & Christopher Butler *. In the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes, progress toward the stated aim of turning Nepal into a ‘hydropower nation’ has been stalled. How will concerns over heightened risk affect hydropower development in Nepal in the medium and long term? [A shorter version of this article was … Continue reading The Damage Done and the Dams to Come
Europe’s last wild rivers are under threat from dam construction—yet hardly anyone is aware of it. Ten days ago I defied train cancellations and border restrictions in Central and South-Eastern Europe to make my way to Belgrade, Serbia, where the Balkan Rivers Days took place from 25 to 27 September. The meeting was organized by the … Continue reading The ‘Blue Heart of Europe’ beats in the Balkans