(April 24, 2012) The Three Gorges Dam project was supposed to energize the Three Gorges region but a new study from Probe International reveals the dam is jeopardizing a once spectacular gorges region and water tourist idyll, and has drained the area’s vitality, stability and ecology.
(January 6, 2008) Environmental impact assessments (EIAs) are now standard practice for dam builders. Probe International’s Grainne Ryder and Patricia Adams explain how this seemingly positive development actually undermines citizen rights and harms the environment.
(June 6, 2006) Projects will be cancelled if they cause overdevelopment of land resources or negatively affect the surrounding environment, said SEPA deputy director Zhu Guangyao.
(December 1, 2005) Opponents argue that little money generated by the dam will reach the poor and much will be pocketed by communist party chiefs. Corruption is rife in Laos and the country’s legal system is renowned for being underfunded with limited powers.
(April 5, 2005) Any doubts locals have will be of no importance now Nam Theun 2 has the backing of the 24-member panel of the World Bank and a pledge for financing from the Asian Development Bank – the plan to flood the Nakai Plateau is all but under way.
(September 29, 2004) Pehuenche indigenous people who waged and lost an eight-year legal battle against the construction of the Ralco hydropower dam in southern Chile have signed an agreement to build a green-friendly
micro-hydropower plant to supply them with electricity.
(September 2, 2004) Some critics doubt the Nam Theun 2 dam project in Laos is necessary.
(April 27, 2004) A statement made for years by non-governmental organisations has been adopted by Dutch Development Minister Agnes Van Ardenne at the recent annual meetings of the World Bank in Washington.
(March 17, 2004) We ask you, in the light of the damages which have been identified in both projects, "How do you think it will be possible for you to legitimize your political decision to move forward with them?"
(October 18, 2001) Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade met to call to order the discussion on Bill C-31 and hear presentations from witnesses, including Patricia Adams.
(October 18, 2001) All spin and no substance: Bill C-31 is a devious bill drafted to convince the public that EDC is doing something to protect the environment while, in fact, EDC is frustrating efforts to stop its environmentally-damaging activities.
(October 17, 2001) New legislation makes Canada’s Export Development Corporation judge, jury and executioner, Probe International to tell Parliamentary Committee.
(November 21, 2000) Hydro scheme threatens jaguar, Scarlet Macaw habitat.
(August 2, 2000) Citizens’ groups, including Probe International, are pressing the dam’s international financiers – Canada’s Export Development Corporation (EDC) among them – to share responsibility for damages caused by the Urr I dam.
(December 13, 1999) Removing small hydroelectric dams is often the most effective way to help the environment and to save money, says a coalition of U.S. environmental groups.