Today, March 14th marks the 15th Anniversary of the International Day of Action for Rivers and Against Dams.
The International Day of Action for Rivers was adopted by the participants of the first International Meeting of People Affected by Dams, March 1997 in Curitiba Brazil. The aim is to raise anti-dam activists’ voices worldwide in unison against harmful impacts of water development projects.
Relay’s recent project in Northeast India has focused on the issue of mega-dam construction and the effects on the local population. More than 300 dams are scheduled to be built in the region in upcoming years. Although hydropower is considered as clean, efficient and largely renewable source of energy, its social and economic impact on local people and their environment can be detrimental. Examples of loss of livelihood, displacement and threats to biodiversity in Northeast India were covered by our journalist fellows.
To celebrate Day of Action for Rivers, The Guardian published an interesting series of photographs of controversial dam projects.
You can also have a look at Relay’s photo essay featuring the Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric project being constructed in Arunachal Pradesh!