Grantee Profile

International Rivers Network

Grants to International Rivers Network

  • $500,000Active Strategy

    2014 (Duration 3 years)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA — International Rivers works to protect rivers and defend the rights of communities that depend on them. They have been a driving force behind the Save the Mekong Coalition and the campaign to stop Mekong mainstream dams. The grant will renew support to International Rivers' efforts to build a strong civil society movement in the Mekong region to protect the Mekong River Basin, stop destructive hydropower projects, secure livelihood restoration for communities affected by existing dams and promote better energy solutions in the region.

  • $260,000Active Strategy

    2013 (Duration 2 years)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA — International Rivers works to protect rivers and defend the rights of communities that depend on them. It aims to strengthen the policies and practices of Chinese dam builders overseas and within China, and to stop the most destructive projects from going forward. Under this renewed grant, International Rivers will continue their engagement on environmental policy development with Sinohydro. It will now monitor how the company begins implementation of environmental and social safeguards and start to document lessons learned to improve future practice. Grant funds will also go towards campaigns to oppose destructive projects that do not comply with the policy.

  • $350,000Active Strategy

    2013 (Duration 3 years)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA — International Rivers Network (IRN) works to protect rivers and rights, and promote real solutions for meeting water, energy and flood management needs. IRN will expand global knowledge of the impacts of dams and large-scale irrigation projects along the Lower Omo Valley on human communities, biodiversity and ecosystem services, and illuminate the potential for better dam operation and watershed management to protect these services and the people who rely on them.

  • $280,000Active Strategy

    2013 (Duration 3 years)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA — International Rivers (IR) champions the protection of rivers and defends the rights of communities that depend on them by stopping destructive dams and promoting water and energy solutions for just and sustainable world. This grant will wage high-profile campaigns aimed at protecting the rivers of the Amazon from destructive dams; support the efforts of indigenous peoples and other river-dependent communities in protecting their rivers and human rights; and leverage its base in Brazil and China to discourage the national development banks from financing hydropower projects in the Andes watersheds.

  • $750,000Active Strategy

    2012 (Inactive Grant)

    MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions

    BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA — International Rivers uses scientific and economic arguments to mobilize civil society and communities to advocate for improved river basin management and energy solutions. It is a driving force behind campaigns to stop dam projects in the Mekong, Amazon, and East Africa. The grant will strengthen International Rivers' ability to operate effectively and efficiently at a global scale. The result will be an organization better able to lead robust civil society networks in efforts to safeguard freshwater ecosystems for the benefit of communities that rely upon them.

  • $600,000Active Strategy

    2011 (Duration 3 years)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA — International Rivers works to protect rivers and defend the rights of communities that depend on them. They have been a driving force behind the Save the Mekong Coalition and the campaign to stop Mekong mainstream dams. The proposed grant will support to International Rivers' efforts to build a strong civil society movement to maintain productive freshwater ecosystems in the Mekong River Basin, including the headwaters in China, by opposing the most destructive hydropower projects.

  • $240,000Active Strategy

    2011 (Inactive Grant)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA — International Rivers Network works to protect rivers and defend the rights of communities that depend on them. Since 2006, their China program has increased awareness about the role and impacts of Chinese dam builders and financiers in China and internationally. China is the world's biggest dam builder. International Rivers aims to strengthen the policies and practices of Chinese dam builders overseas and within China, and to stop the most destructive projects from going forward. Under the grant, International Rivers will deepen their engagement on environmental policy development with companies, like Sinohydro, the world's largest hydropower company. They will monitor how the company begins implementation of environmental and social safeguards and document lessons learned to improve future practice. Grant funds will also go towards campaigns to oppose the most destructive hydropower projects.

  • $200,000Active Strategy

    2011 (Inactive Grant)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA — To support the Save the Mekong Coalition.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded International Rivers Network $3,180,000 between 2003 and 2014.

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