Dams, Rivers, and Rights: An Action Guide for Communities Affected by Dams
Organisation: International Rivers
Type: Guides and Manuals
Around the world, people are rising up against big dams. They are fighting to protect their rivers and their livelihoods from new dams. They are demanding compensation for problems caused by old dams. They are proposing better alternatives for energy, water supply and flood management. All of them are fighting for a voice in decisions that affect their lives.
Over the last 20 years, the international movement against dams has grown strong and had many successes. Some dams have been stopped. Better alternatives, such as small dams and water conservation, have been implemented. Communities have received better compensation. Some dams have been taken down.
But new dams continue to threaten communities worldwide.
International Rivers Network created this action guide to empower communities threatened by new dams and to share ideas from the growing international anti-dam movement. International Rivers Network and other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) around the world are ready to help you in your struggle. NGOs that may be able to assist you are listed at the end of this guide.
We hope this guide provides information and tools to help you decide how to respond to a proposed dam, how to protect your rights and how to demand a voice in decisions about dams.