International Rivers

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International Rivers

International Rivers works to protect rivers and defend the rights of communities that depend on them. We oppose destructive dams and the development model they advance, and encourage better ways of meeting people’s needs for water, energy and protection from damaging floods. To achieve this mission, we collaborate with a global network of local communities, social movements, non-governmental organizations and other partners.

We support International Rivers’ Amazon program, particularly its campaign to stop the Belo Monte Dam on the Xingu River. If built, the Belo Monte Dam would divert the flow of the Xingu River and devastate an extensive area of the Brazilian rainforest, displacing over 20,000 people and threatening the survival of indigenous peoples. International Rivers is working with the Kayapó and other indigenous groups and environmental and human rights activists to protect the Xingu River Basin from large dams and to promote alternatives to meeting Brazil's energy needs.


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