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  

1 person found this review helpful

Billions of dollars are being invested in building dams throughout the Amazon that will devastate the environment and displace local communities and cause massive emission of green house gases as the vegetation decomposes. International Rivers is at the forefront of ensuring that local communities and the environment is put before economic greed and is the leading expert on these issues.

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

The staff and volunteers are highly dedicated and experts on the subject.

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

Save some of the world's most precious waterways and stop forced displacement of people by dams.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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24 people found this review helpful

This is great worlwide organization covering issues such as the effects of dams on rivers which many other groups are not doing. They work around the world in Developing nations as well as industrial nations. They have very good information and wage advocacy campaigns to save these important resources.

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

Creating sustainable alternatives to damming for water needs.

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

Send more emails

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

Hearing about so many great rivers around the world.

Ways to make it better...

Got more emails.

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

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

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!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

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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19 people found this review helpful

The ideal non-profit aims to empower the underdog- the marginalized, those who have no voice- to fight for their own interests. I have come across few organizations who do this better than IR. Those most affected by dams are those who still depend on rivers for their livelihood, and the insensitive corporate machine gives less credence to their opinions and needs because of their lifestyle. IR ensures that these people are not quietly displaced- the organization gives them a voice and ensures that governments and companies are aware of the global, ardent moral support that they have. I will continue to support IR in any way that I can, and hope that many others follow.

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

Protecting the people and beauty of the Aysen region is southern chile.

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

Stop the social injustice of large-scale dams.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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19 people found this review helpful

great org ,get alot heads up about issues in that part of the world you don`t hear too much about as well as good work conserving watersheds which protect a whole bunch of species.

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

all parts of the world

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

probably change very little

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

the reports they bring of things they are involved in

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

great

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

lots of more great things

Ways to make it better...

they could have done even more

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

are lack of funds

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

great org

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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19 people found this review helpful

IRN is a cutting edge non-profit. I think they do a really good job as a relativly small organization making a big impact. I commend their efforts to translate documents and resources into other languages, especially non-Western languages. They continue to support grassroots efforts to improve water management around the world without reinforcing historical relationships of imperialism.

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

China. The Chinese language resources produced by IRN have been used by grassroots hydropower opposition.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-12-01

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