International Rivers Network dba International Rivers

Rating: 4.98 stars   43 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Environment, Water

Location: 2150 Allston Way Suite 300 Berkeley CA 94704 USA

Mission: International Rivers protects rivers and defends the rights of communities that depend on them. We work to stop destructive dams and promote water and energy solutions for a just and sustainable world. To achieve this mission, International Rivers collaborates with a global network of local communities, social movements, non-governmental organizations and other partners. Through research, education and advocacy, International Rivers works to halt destructive river infrastructure projects, address the legacies of existing projects, improve development policies and practices, and promote water and energy solutions for a just and sustainable world. The primary focus of our work is in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Target demographics: people who are working to protect their rivers and communities from destructive big dams.
Geographic areas served: Africa, Asia, Latin America
Programs: International Rivers combines reforming global policies with campaigning on specific key projects. In our global policy work, we provide critical analysis for dam opponents and bring the concerns of local communities to the attention of dam funders as part of our efforts to reform their policies and practices. In our project campaigns, we support grassroots social movements and non-governmental organizations to oppose corporate and government plans for specific destructive dam projects, or to campaign for fair compensation for projects that cannot be stopped or have already been built. Specific programs include: -- Building the capacity of local groups and working to stop destructive river projects in Ethiopia, DRC, Brazil, Peru, Chile, China, Laos, Burma and India; -- Reforming policies and standards of international financial institutions such as the World Bank; -- Exposing the hydropower industry's efforts to use climate change to promote the false solution of big-dam hydropower;
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Rating: 5 stars  

19 people found this review helpful

International Rivers truly understands that the best way to effect change in a sustainable way is to support local communities and their work, thereby empowering them to make their voices heard.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the events and workshops they put on, and in the comments from local partners.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

n/a

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people are amazing.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

incredibly helpful, knowledgeable, and passionate.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build an even broader and more powerful international movement, provide sustainable development alternatives to developing countries, increase its volunteer base, and increase awareness in the US and other major country players (like China) about the global impacts of water management and development.

Ways to make it better...

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In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of funding, and thus capacity to do work in crucial areas.

One thing I'd also say is that...

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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19 people found this review helpful

Newsletter is very informative in concise bursts. It allows one to scan for important information and then dig deeply. It keeps one informed about specific issues on a selected segment of the environment without getting too deep into the weeds.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In reports of actions being taken in Patagonia.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Keeping informed on this issue when no one else is providing alerts.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

NA, just a newsletter reader.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand awareness of what it is doing. Get more readers and, eventually, more workers, donors...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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18 people found this review helpful

With the world population constantly increasing, the demand for fresh wateris at the point that the aquifers are being depleted faster than they can be recharged. It is therefore imperative that the whole world work together to keep our rivers clean and as un-polluted as possible to provide a constant fresh water source. International Rivers is getting the word out to people all over the world and their efforts to date have been commendable. Grant Campbell South Florida Audubon Society Director of Wildlife Policy Conservation and Environment Chair

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Public awareness of the plight of our impending water shortage.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to expand the group through the institution of local chapters. The more voices that are singing the more chance the tune will be heard and remembered

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The flow of communication.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I have not met with any staff members, but from the emails I have received, they seem knowledgeable, committed and resourceful

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand the organization through local chapters and develop educational programs that will provide our school children with the incentive to help protect our resources.

Ways to make it better...

There is a local chapter

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The nay-sayers that try to convince the world that there is no such thing as global warming or impending water shortages.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The advocacy should be extended to cover the pollution of our streams, lakes and oceans. The public needs to be aware of the consequences of allowing our water sourced to become contaminated.

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2009-4-01

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18 people found this review helpful

I would like to take this opportunity to comment on the International Rivers Website. I find there site very informative and educational. I learn something new everytime I am on the site. I feel that the site delivers unbiased views in their articles. When I read this site I am also learning about stories that are not covered by the mainstream media. This is a great thing. Overall I would have to recommend International Rivers To anyone who cares about the Environment.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that I keep learning about the plights of the worlds rivers. Their site keeps me up to date on stories I care about even if I dont see them broadcast in the mainstream media.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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19 people found this review helpful

International Rivers takes on giant entities— national governments and international agencies such as the World Bank— and, with a tiny fraction of their adversaries' financial resources, often succeeds in stopping their ill-advised plans for dams. With fewer than 40% of the world's river systems still undammed, the planet needs International Rivers to do its work.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

India, where it helped force the World Bank to pull out of a dam project, the first time the Bank had ever withdrawn from a project it previously supported.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do my best to publicize dams' many disastrous effects, as International Rivers does now.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that its staff was extremely well-informed, and the information it provided me was sophisticated and truthful.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

knowledgeable and supremely dedicated to the cause of saving rivers.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

far more effectively protect rivers around the world.

Ways to make it better...

International Rivers had done more to publicize my book! But as this is not IR's chief mission, I can't blame them for this.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

its small resources compared to those of the groups it opposes.

One thing I'd also say is that...

the people who do work for NGOs like International Rivers do so despite low pay and paltry recognition. They work out of care for victimized people and ecosystems.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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18 people found this review helpful

The information from International Rivers is valuable material when I go lecturing on board cruise liners. It is also usefu material in creating awareness on specific issues concerning the Transition Town initiatives. I am involved in one of these initiatives in Spain. I also publish on the web an information news letter cocerning the rights of Indigenous Peoples in Central & South America, so again the International Rivers information is vital to my work

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

set a goal to have permament NGO status at the UN

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2009-1-01

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19 people found this review helpful

Very good organization. To the point, effective. Good communicators and I believe good results. I will continue to support International Rivers, both through donations and online activism.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Environmental readings.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Keep doing what they are doing.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Good communicators, not pushy, but effective.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Not applicable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Get rid of unnecessary dams and prevent the construction of new dams in sensitive river systems.

Ways to make it better...

Nothing I can think of.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Money and the very real difficulties of dealing with environmental issues globally.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Great group!

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2009-3-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

20 people found this review helpful

This is a well organize organization that has a unique focus that is not addressed by other groups or agencies. Their material is timely, unique, and unlike many organizations, is peer reviewed and meets scientific scrunity

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

web pages, publications

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do the same

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the variety of rivers and conditions thay deal with

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

na

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

implelemt some river management programs

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to read everthing they produce

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of $$

One thing I'd also say is that...

It's a good, balanced organization

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

19 people found this review helpful

No one else does what International Rivers does -- protecting ecosystems and human rights from large dams, while also promoting sensible solutions for development. They develop unique educational tools for communities affected on the ground, while also doing advocacy at the international level, educating the public, and building a global movement to stop the command and control development of dams.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, professional, serious, well-informed, and active.

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2009-3-01

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21 people found this review helpful

Great cause, great people, great results. Works effectively at the intersection of human rights and environmental sustainability. Community organizing with a global impact.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

small communities and at World Bank policy meetings.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not get much sleep.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

smart, dedicated people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

great.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help people and environments in all parts of the world.

Ways to make it better...

the general public has a better understanding of the impact of large dams on people and rivers.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Getting the message out about the negative impacts of large dams, especially in regards to global climate change.

One thing I'd also say is that...

it's a great nonprofit.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-10-01

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