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Dam fighters, River Protectors, and Other Trouble Makers

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Abya Yala Fund for Indigenous Self-Development in South and Meso America.

The Berne Declaration is an independent Swiss association for development politics. The BD works towards a more equal relationship between Switzerland and countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Bretton Woods Project works to monitor and reform the World Bank and IMF.

Center for International Environmental Law is a public interest organization committed to reforming international environmental law and institutions. 

The Corner House supports the growth of a democratic, equitable, and non-discriminatory civil society in which communities have control over the resources and decisions that affect their lives and means of livelihood.

EarthRights International (ERI) is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization (NGO) that combines the power of law and the power of people in defense of human rights and the environment, our Earth rights. Earth rights are those rights that demonstrate the connection between human well-being and a sound environment, and include the right to a healthy environment, the right to speak out and act to protect the environment, and the right to participate in development decisions.

Environmental Defense (previously known as the Environmental Defense Fund) works to stabilize the Earth's climate, safeguard the world's oceans, protect human health, and defend and restore biodiversity.

The Association for International Water and Forest Studies (FIVAS) works to obtain and disseminate information about the consequences of large dams and hydropower projects in the Third World. 

Friends of the Earth is an autonomous international environmental network with affiliates in 63 countries, dedicated to preserving the health and diversity of the planet.

Global Exchange is a human rights organization dedicated to promoting environmental, political, and social justice around the world.

Global Response helps protect the environment by creating partnerships for effective citizen action.

Greenpeace  organizes public campaigns for the protection of oceans and ancient forests, for the phasing-out of fossil fuels and the promotion of renewable energies in order to stop climate change, for the elimination of toxic chemicals, against the release of genetically modified organisms into nature and for nuclear disarmament and an end to nuclear contamination.

Halifax Initiative is a coalition of environment, development, social justice and faith groups deeply concerned about the policies and practices of the international financial institutions and committed to their fundamental reform.

IFIwatchnet connects organisations worldwide which are monitoring international financial institutions (IFIs) such as the World Bank, the IMF, and regional development banks.

Pacific Environment works throughout the Pacific Rim, especially in the Russian Far East and Siberia, on harmful natural resource projects, including dams.

Probe International monitors and exposes the devastating effects of international projects financed by Canadian tax dollars.

Project Underground is an environmental and human rights organization that supports communities threatened by mining, oil and gas activities.

Rainforest Action Network works to protect the Earth's rainforests and support the rights of their inhabitants through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action.

River World from the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) highlights river issues around the globe, and is dedicated to the conservation and improved management of our waterways.

The Ruckus Society  provides training in the skills of non-violent civil disobedience to help environmental and human rights organizations achieve their goals.

The World Rainforest Movement is a global network of citizens' groups of North and South involved in efforts to defend the world's rainforests against the forces that destroy them.

The World's Water is dedicated to providing up-to-date water resources information and
data, and connections to organizations, institutions, and individuals working on a wide range of global freshwater problems and solutions.

The World Bank Bonds Boycott is an international campaign using grassroots economic power to demand an end to structural adjustment lending and other environmentally and socially destructive World Bank policies.

North America

American Rivers works to preserve and restore America's river systems and to foster a river stewardship ethic.

American Whitewater Affiliation works to conserve and restore America's whitewater resources and to enhance opportunities to enjoy them safely.

Aquatic Conservation Network is organized to foster involvement by interested individuals, aquarists, and scientists in the preservation, conservation and enhancement of aquatic life.

Bolsa Chica Land Trust works to acquire, preserve, restore, and manage 1700 acres of Bolsa Chica lands in California.

The Cape Fear River Watch, Inc. is a non-profit, grassroots environmental organization, open to everyone, dedicated to the improvement and preservation of the health, beauty, cleanliness, and heritage of the Cape Fear River Basin.

The Delaware Riverkeeper Network works to protect and restore the Delaware River, its tributaries and habitats through advocacy, enforcement and citizen action.

International Accountability Project (IAP) is a public interest advocacy organization that offers legal support to a global network of people who are seeking to hold international financial institutions and multinational corporations accountable for violations of environmental and human rights. IAP also work to defend the rights of communities around the world threatened with displacement by international development projects.

The International NGO Export Credit Agency Reform Campaign objectives are to see that all ECAs adopt and upgrade environmental and social policies and to support the advocacy efforts of affected people against specific harmful projects. 

Friends of the River identifies outstanding rivers in California and mobilizes positive citizen action to protect and restore the ecosystems of these rivers as they flow within or through our state.

Global Rivers Environmental Education Network works to improve education through a global network that promotes watershed sustainability.

Glen Canyon Institute is dedicated to providing leadership in the restoration of Glen Canyon and the free flow of the Colorado through it.

The Haw River Assembly  is a non-profit citizens' group founded in 1982 to restore and protect the beauty and health of the Haw River and Jordan Lake in North Carolina.

Idaho Rivers United is a statewide, non-profit river conservation group devoted to the protection of Idaho's rivers, streams and riparian areas and the recovery of Idaho's wild salmon and steelhead. The web site also has a section on Dam Relicensing.

Outdoor Recreation Council of British Columbia

River Network helps people organize to protect and restore rivers and watersheds. Includes a section on Dams and Dam Removals.

River Alliance of Wisconsin works to restore watersheds and remove dams.

River Recovery is dedicated to promoting the restoration of the rivers of British Columbia through dam decommissioning.

The Four Corners Action Coalition squarely opposes the environmental destruction and socioecomonic absurdity of the proposed Animas-La Plata water project.

Taxpayers for Common Sense is working on halting the Auburn Dam project.

Native Americans and the Environment Web Site: Water Rights and Dams

YubaNet provides community news, information, resources and opinion for the Gold Country and Northern Sierra Nevada.

Central and South America

CIH home page

Coalizao Rios Vivos

Comunidad Cuenca Nahual Huapi

Embera Katio la hacha del Pueblo Embera Kat´┐Żo contra la hidroelectrica Urra en Columbia

Porto Primavera Dam homepage

Instituto Ambiental Vidagua, Bauru SP

Movement of Dam–Affected People, Brazil (Moveiment dos Atingidos por Barragens)

Porto Primavera: Diary of an Ecological Crime deals with the Porto Primavera hydropower plant being constructed on the Parana in Brazil.

Pagina Oficial de la Sociedad Ecologica San Gabriel

Rio Sul Ambiental deals with mercury contamination of rivers.


Save the Vaal Environment is dedicated to the protection of a valuable wetland next to the Vaal River in South Africa.

East Asia

Citizens for Saving the Kawabe (in Japanese)

Friends of the Earth Japan One of the first environmental citizen's groups in Japan, Friends of the Earth-Japan (FoE-J), created in 1980, is committed to the preservation, restoration, and rational use of the environment.

International Rivers Network Seinou (In Japanese)

Korean Federation for Environmental Movement  is a leading grassroot organization for civic environmental issues consisting of 25 local branches and more than 25,000 sustaining members.

Three Gorges Action Coalition consists of human rights and environmental groups working to halt the flow of foreign capital to the dam.

Water Watch Network, Tsuruoka (In Japanese)

SouthEast Asia

Assembly of the Poor  works to support communities in Thailand and is considering decommissioning as one way to support dam-affected populations. 

Selangor Dam A Titanic Environmental, Social, and Financial Disaster in the Making.

Save the Selangor River!

Save our Sungai Selangor is a group of concerned citizens who want to stop the proposed Sungai Selangor Dam.

Wildlife Fund Thailand  is considering decommissioning as one way to support dam-affected populations.

South Asia

Association for India's Development  believes in learning humility, purity and simple-living from those who don't take too much from the earth and targetting the problems of hunger, disease and oppression that sadden their lives.

Citizens Concern for Dams and Development, Manipur, Northeast India. Information on the campaign against the Tipaimukh dam."

Friends of the  River Narmada  presents the perspective of grassroots peoples organisations on the controversial plans to build dams on India's Narmada River.

Save the Chaliyar! Campaign to protect Kerala's second largest river.

Save Indus is dedicated to stopping the construction of the Kalabagh Dam on the Indus River in Pakistan.

South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People (SANDRP), is an informal network of water experts and dam fighters in India.

Protest the Kalabagh dam

Pakistan's Chashma Irrigation Project, funded by the Asian Development Bank, has destroyed local livelihoods and ecology, and violated basic human rights. The Chashma area, locally known as Daaman, is facing a number of other destructive development projects. Through this website, the friends of the Chashma and people of Damaan hope to present the perspective of grassroots people's movements on the issue.

Oceania and Australia

Inland Rivers Network New South Wales  is a coalition of environment groups and individuals concerned about the need to conserve the biological diversity, natural functioning and health of the inland rivers and wetlands of NSW.

Pedder 2000 Works to restore Lake Pedder in the heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Waterwatch Victoria (Australia) includes an interactive forum, "Scientist Online" section and much more about Victoria's watersheds.


COAGRET Coordinadora de Afectados por Grandes Embalses y Trasvases. (In Spanish)

European Rivers Network works to restore rivers in Europe, particularly the Loire and Elbe and has successfully removed dams in France.

Friends of the Earth - Slovakia was founded in August 1997 as an association of ecological NGOs in Slovakia.

Friends of the Earth - International Financial Institutions Campaign includes links to all safeguard policies of the international financial institutions, to their respective appeal and compliance mechanisms, and experiences with earlier claims. We have tried to make all the information on these issues that is already available more easily traceable.

Galician Hydropower Campaign originated to protect the river network in Galicia from destructive hydropower development projects and to promote a sustainable approach to river management.

People And Water provides services to municipal and rural communities, mostly within the Carpathian Euroregion.

Hasankeyf, Ilisu Dam Project Campaign.

"Let's Help the River" Movement  works to protect and restore the Volga River in Russia.

Save the Danube Wetlands works to influence public opinion to defend the unique and ancient Danube wetlands and to show that there is a solution (the "Compromise Plan"), which can satisfy the legitimate desires of all the parties.

Swedish Society for Nature Conservation works on national environmental and cooperates with Central/Eastern European and third world groups.

The Danube Dam Group provides information concerning the Gabcikovo-Nagymaros Barrage System.

Zeleni Svit works to protect and restore the Dnieper and Bug Rivers and is considering decommissioning as one option to restore the rivers.

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