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

its been great reading from you. I highly commend the efforts through positive advocacy and lobbying of the International rivers. Personally I am always encouraged by your noble work. i have started a water governance institute in Uganda and I wish borrow from your leaf to save the rivers of the great lakes region in eastern Africa. Please identify for us funding organizations that can support us. You are simply the BEST.

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

allover the world-Mekong River, China dam, In Brazil

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

I would promote values of the International Rivers- Conserving the world's great Rivers and protecting them fro human destruction. We have River Nile and I could do a lot

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

Their prompt feedback and effective communication

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

Anderson in Cambodia

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

Could save most rivers and ensure that the livelihoods of the poor are preserved

Ways to make it better...

I was able to participate physically

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

Outreach is limited, and they need real manpower deployed around the world to collect information and inform them timely on case by case basis

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

They have a huge work before them and challenges, which they need to address. i am willing to partner with them if I ever had a chance at all.

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2009-1-01

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36 people found this review helpful

I think its great in what you do for our waterways as water is a source of life for plants and animals and humans. We have to keep them clear and clean and every little bit helps. I could not see this planet with out the water it would be a desert with no life at all. We have to do everything in the world to keep it clean and safe. I want to thank you for all that you have done so far, and keep up the good work.

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

I have seen it all in all they have posted on the internet.

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

I couldn't do it any better they are doing just fine.

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

that they want to do something to save our water ways

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

haven't

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

get more done to save the water ways

Ways to make it better...

I got even more involved

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

The people that just don't care if they pollute the water ways

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

to live we need water not just to drink but to grow plants and water animals . Its the most important thing in life.

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2009-1-01

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30 people found this review helpful

While a river near yuo may be flowing fine, rivers around the world are suffering at an alarming rate! Dams in China and Tibet, pollution and runoff in Central and South AMerican and Droughts secondayr to climate cahnge world wide. Rivers are the arteries fo the earth and when they are not flowing properly illness will occur. International Rivers is on the forefront of providign advocay, edcationa nd support concerning our world water ways. Their web page and action emails call people to act not just for themselves but for others, usually the disenfracnchised and poor. Internaitonal Rivers role will continue to increse as global warming effects the climate and the worlds energy crisis calls for more hydorecletric power. They need all the support they can get to pursue their mission of protecting these vital habits for all animal, plants, and people.

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

education and political activism

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2008-7-01

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26 people found this review helpful

"International Rivers" is a perfect choice for a green choice awards - this group protects WATER the very essential element, in any way possible, and also environment of people living close to rivers.. I find the work of this organization very important for our lives... and also this organization is very transparent about its activities... they have my trust and biggest support!!!!

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

save Patagonia

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2009-4-01

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22 people found this review helpful

International Rivers is a fantastic organization which is focused on humanitarian environmentalism. They work directly with individuals to get their message out and inspire activism. They are working for the simple cause of human rights to water access and fighting humankind's apparent increasing desire to control nature for the benefit of few. International Rivers is a team of highly dedicated men and women working kindly and cooperatively to better our planet. What could be better?

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

the news. The work IR is doing in Patagonia and Ethiopia is huge right now. And they're making progress!

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

recruit harder for volunteers.

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

the kind, unobtrusive, and effective ways it works to persuade the public to get involved.

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

dedicated, kind, and well educated on the issues that matter.

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

do a hell of a lot of good for the people down stream of rivers which are set to be damed. They could be even more proactive with the big companies which are planning to dam and save many lives (flora and fauna included).

Ways to make it better...

...ummm....

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

funding and marketing their message

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

there need to be more organizations like IR who are so committed to the cause of humanitarian environmentalism

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2008-8-01

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24 people found this review helpful

I first learned about the International Rivers Non-profit organization through the retailer Patagonia. I shop them on line because there are no stores in San Antonio where I live. I also shop Patagonia because of their commitment to the environment. Though Patagonia's web site I got involved with International Rivers. About a year ago, I saw a link to petition to save a river. It was then that I started learning the real impact of our rivers on the environments well being. I was amazed. I started receiving regular emails about rivers around the world and how I could help. I am so proud to be part of something greater than myself as well as make a difference seemingly so easy! I am grateful for this organization, as our rivers are the life blood of our world and without their health who knows what will happen to our world.

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

Through their web updates.

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

ensure the organization met with as many nonprofit and corporations to discuss how we could work together as well as get communities around the world involved.

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

They are very personal and informative.

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

on line and are very sincere, caring, and stewards/ stewardesses of our planet!

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

Make some serious headway in spreading the word and getting people involved around the world.

Ways to make it better...

I lived near the organization and could be part of it in person.

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

the knowledge of the general publics role in their cause.

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

any nonprofit out their bettering the planet and our society is not given enough credit.

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2009-4-01

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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...

n/a

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...

n/a

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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...

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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.

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2009-1-01

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18 people found this review helpful

Our state of Michigan has many beautiful rivers. As I fly fisherman I have waded in many of them, and while I enjoy the fishing, I am each time, impressed with the beauty and quiet of the peaceful places I fish. International Rivers does a great job of keeping me informed about issues related to rivers, generally speaking, but also shares information about specific rivers and problems and solutions relative to each. If we want to continue to have beautiful rivers available to us and to share with our children, we need to support fine organizations like International Rivers. Kudos to them for the great work they are doing!!!

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

I feel like I am kept well-informed about something important to me and the state of the world.

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

They should keep up the good work!!

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

i have been impressed with all my contacts with the organization.

Ways to make it better...

it had begun earlier. I can't say enough about the good work that IR is doing.

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

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

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2009-4-01

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