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

Rivers are our lifeblood. The life they bring is vital to us. IRN are the protectors of rivers, from source to sea, anywhere in the world. Their work on the impact of major dams for example is pioneering in making us understand the dangers of trying to master nature. We simply would not know the damage we are causing to our river systems without the vital work of IRN. Please support their cause. Our lives and our rivers depend on it.

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

The media.

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

Have a great job!

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

The cause and seeing it's effects published in the media.

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

Make more of a difference

Ways to make it better...

I could have more time for this!

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

Water resource extraction coupled with globel climate change. We need clean water!

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

Protect rivers.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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18 people found this review helpful

i learned about International Rivers in the early nineties when my husband and I were working on water issues in India. Since then I have watched the organization take on major international issues related to stopping harmful dams that will destroy entire watersheds, thoughtless self interested investment by powerful governments like China in developing nations of Africa and elsewhere, meant to enrich the investor, without concern for the destructive impact on the recipient nation, as well as the complex false economies of the false representation of some allegedly "green" concepts involving carbon trading. IR is real people, who work hard for the greater good. It is a pleasure to know that they are there, working for all of us -- to protect our world. Kris Seeman

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

India...in it's efforts to stop the building of the Tarai Dam In Botswana...in it's efforts on behalf of the Limpopo and other rivers In Cambodia...in it's efforts on behalf of the Mekong River In the US...their spin-off group: River of Words, an international watershed writing project for youth founded by former Poet Laureate, Robert Hass

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

do exactly what they are doing: marshal resources to focus on local dam building projects that are being railroaded into countries who have no defense against large money and power.

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

The people who work for IR, and being able to gain a real understanding of specific environmental issues through the group...not superficial "save the X" style of thing, but deep environmental, economic and political analysis.

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

All terrific...and knowledgeable, and smart, and caring.

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

do a great dela more of exactly what it does now, working at the grass roots level, and at the banking level, to stop harmful dams that will do irreversible damage if allowed to go forward.

Ways to make it better...

It could not have been better...

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

financial...and finding the energy to continue to be the "David" who is facing the "Goliath" of banking interests (particularly from China) who do not have the interests of the countries they are working in at heart.

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

These guys are fun...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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19 people found this review helpful

International Rivers provides timely and effective information regarding the rivers of the world. They help a person stay in touch with the hardships in protecting the world's waterways.

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

the battles they have won to protect rivers in Chile.

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

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

the timely information and the readers ability to respond easily to make a difference.

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

none in person. I have read the great email letters various people from International Rivers send.

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

protect hundreds of miles of rivers throughout the world.

Ways to make it better...

nothing, my experience has been great.

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

getting the word out to the public and legal battles in earning protection.

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

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2009-4-01

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18 people found this review helpful

A great site in informing the public about the environmental state of major rivers throughout the world, along with what are the current threats, and how can one add to the support in trying to constructively protest against these threats.

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

generating awareness about problems rivers are facing today, many of which are transboundary in nature.

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

make such links clearer, links to grassroots level NGOs involved not just in protesting big dams and pollution but also working towards sustainable watershed m anagement.

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

they have a good to the point coverage of issues as well as are successful in mobilizing support from the public via signature campaigns.

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

fund scolarships for third world NGO schools, as wsell as a few first world colleg grads to spend like 4 weeks with a field based NGO to observe the realities of conxerving watersheds and hence riverine ecosystems.

Ways to make it better...

i personally had more time to explore links from their website to grassroots based NGOs.

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

people have very little time to read about other issues. i refer to the general public, not ecologists or students.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

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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.

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2009-4-01

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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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