International Rivers

2150 Allston Way, Suite 300
CA 94704-1378 Berkeley
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Über uns

International Rivers (formerly known as International Rivers Network or IRN), was founded in 1985. The focus of our work is in Latin America, Asia and Africa.

We seek a world in which rivers and the life they support are valued, and where all people have a voice in decisions affecting their lives and livelihoods. We work toward a world where everyone has access to clean water and energy, and where development projects neither degrade nature nor destroy communities.

Our mission
To protect rivers and defend 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.

International Rivers' Vision
We seek a world where healthy rivers and the rights of local communities are valued and protected. We envision a world where water and energy needs are met without degrading nature or increasing poverty, and where people have the right to participate in decisions that affect their lives.

Our work
• Building the Movement and Empowering Civil Society: We foster grassroots organizations in more than 60 countries and promote the leadership of our regional partners by providing technical and strategic advice, and bringing them together at international meetings.
• Changing the Terms of the Debate: We work to reform the top-down and opaque decision-making processes. We make sure that important social and environmental issues don’t get swept under the rug, and that affected communities meaningfully participate in decisions that affect their lives.
• Stopping Destructive Projects and Addressing Legacies: We coordinate international campaigns to discourage financial, government and industry support of harmful river projects
• Raising Awareness: Through publications, presentations and media outreach, we raise the visibility of the deplorable environmental, economic and human rights impacts of large dams and the viability of better options. We provide information on a wide range of water and energy issues and we put journalists in contact with people directly affected by destructive river projects.
• Promoting Solutions: We generate awareness that efficiency and small-scale, decentralized and renewable solutions are essential for meeting water and energy needs, alleviating poverty and protecting the planet. We report on the best water and energy options, including in our annual Dams, Rivers and People reports. We also promote the recommendations of the World Commission on Dams for energy and water planning.

Peter Bosshard is the Policy Director of International Rivers.

For other net participants we can offer an expert guidance through trained staff, give an expert opinion, procure expert information and establish new contacts in the field of our work.

International Day of Action for Rivers on the Baker River in Patagonia, Chile.
A boat on the Mekong River in Northern Laos, the site of the proposed Xayaburi Dam.
Children play along the Zambezi River in Mozambique, close to the site of the proposed Mphanda Nkuwa Dam.