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  

39 people found this review helpful

It was a great experience to go through the postings on International Rivers.I got good teaching resource material here.I have advised my students to be a part of this group and share their experiance. Extraordinary!!!!!!

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motivating my students.

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Make it more interactive.

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The new findings related to great rivers of the world

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If there was facility to chat with members online

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2009-1-01

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21 people found this review helpful

I started subscribing to International Rivers in the 1980s when I got a grant to study and write about Canada's major rivers. It took me across the country finding out how people treated their rivers and how rivers shaped societies and vice versa. I learned that yes water sometimes does run out. Flying over the Nile is unforgettable. It's cheering to see that now the media seems to recognize and respect our most valuable natural resource. International Rivers must take credit for this. It certainly helped make me a lifetime river addict!

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greater awareness in the Canadian public and media about the value of water.

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

make everyone in the English/Spanish/French speaking world more aware of the crucial importance of water - and rivers - to our survival, especially as the planet seems to be heating up.

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2006-1-01

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25 people found this review helpful

The best and most powerful NGO around the world to protect rivers. Its efforts to spread public awareness are also substantial.

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Several newspapers.

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

To see that its work gest results

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

Very kind and helpful

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

help local communities to protect their rivers

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I have had more time and resources

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2009-4-01

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20 people found this review helpful

International Rivers is an excellent organization. Their approach to addressing the issues dam-affected peoples face is multi-faceted and necessary, they have strong connections to the communities they work with in all of their campaigns and they have been scaling up their work carefully. I hope that more people learn about their work and support them!

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

approachable and down to earth - and very smart!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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