International Rivers Network dba International Rivers

Rating: 4.98 stars   43 reviews

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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  

23 people found this review helpful

International Rivers Network is the leading organization for river protection. They provide support for local activists as well as promoting projects around the world. The organization is an excellent resource for educators, which I am, who are in need of current information to provide to students regarding the crucial problems we are confronting regarding our approach to water and our use of this essential element of life.

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

impacting awareness about rivers and actually stopping the building of dams.

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

hand it over to the people who are running it today.

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

the information that it provides.

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

well informed, engaged and very helpful.

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

have an even greater impact on saving rivers around the world.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to get involved with them and maybe one project.

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

funding and finding more ways to get its views out to a broader range of the population.

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

more groups should be like this.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

23 people found this review helpful

International Rivers is a small organization that is fueled by an incredible amount of passion,expertise and social awareness. IR seeks to truly understand the impacts of dams on people in every region of the world, and dig deeply to understand how dams affect humans by degarding aquatic biodiversity, displacing communities and altering the lifestyles and livelihoods of riverside communities. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and positive and committed to defending the people who are directly impacted by dam development across the globe.

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

the International Day of Action for Rivers!

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

want all the employees to travel to the regions in which they work more often.

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

working with such committed, knowledgable people!

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

upbeat, hard-working, intelligent, helpful

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

help support its partners in fighting dam development, especially in the developing world. Staff could directly connect with partners more often...I'm sure the possibilities are endless (more research, more staff)

Ways to make it better...

could know more about how IR's partners abroad in all of the regions responded to IR's work.

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

funding... but also facing up against the power/money behind large-scale international development is a huge task! --serving as a voice for people is no simple task.

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

it would be great to hire international staff on board, too:)

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

23 people found this review helpful

International Rivers leads the fight for people, rivers and ecosystems everywhere. They supply documents and advice that are very valuable for river defenders everywhere.

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

The fight against dams in Latin America and Africa. Some of these destructive projects have been abandoned.

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

Assert the presence of International Rivers in Latin America with more regional offices and staff.

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

The variety of materials and documents relevant to what I do in Mexico.

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

Knowledgeable and professional.

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

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Ways to make it better...

They had more materials in Spanish

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

Expanding their work and/or associating themselves with local NGOs

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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