Archive | March, 2012

The European Investment Bank should rather do better than more

Appeared in New Europe The European Investment Bank – the European Union’s house bank – should lend more responsibly and more transparently, said the European Parliament on Thursday while assessing the bank’s annual activity report. But the capital increase at the EIB called for by the same European Parliament would hardly allow an already over-stretched […]

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Read my T-shirt: No more money for large dams!

For a campaigner against the financing of large dams, Marseille was the place to be during the last World Water Forum. We found all our targets – dam builders, public financiers and private water companies – in the same place arguing the potential of big dams in providing cheap and green energy. 2 Problems here: […]

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Counter Balance at FAME (Marseille) – Water: a common good for all

Earlier this month Counter Balance participated in the Alternative World Water Forum in Marseille. The alternative forum – better known under its French acronym FAME (Forum Alternatif Mondial de l’Eau) – is a CSO led initiative to counterbalance the official World Water Forum which took place simultaneously but was dominated by the water industry. Water […]

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Campaign against the financing of large dams

Our French member organisation ‘Les Amis de la Terre’ has started a campaign against the financing of harmful large dams. Here is why: Large dams are presented by their advocates as “green” projects for the production of “renewable energy”. The reality, however, paints a different picture. Their construction creates enormous reservoirs of water that submerge […]

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Public action against the financing of large dams

Counter Balance and International Rivers organised a public action against the financing of large dams and the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (HSAP). The action was held in the center of Marseille during the last World Water Forum. “We cannot develop while we are killing our rivers”, an activist from Turkey said.

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Financialisation of water and the road to Rio+20

In his speech at the Alternative World Water Forum (FAME) in Marseille, Antonio Tricarico explains how the financialisation of water – basically the trading water and its derivatives on financial markets – threatens the idea of water accessibility for all. As stated recently by chief economist of Citigroup, “I expect to see in the near […]

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Public Action: The World Water Newspaper

During the World Water Forum in Marseille our Italian member organisation CRBM distributed a parodied newspaper with news on the World Water Forum to challenge their discourse in jocular way. “There is a lot of greenwashing going on here and we are doing some greenwashing as well now but in a playful manner”, says Marek […]

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World Water Forums Expose Large Dams as ‘Unsustainable’

By Cléo Fatoorehchi for IPS MARSEILLE, France , Mar. 19, 2012 (IPS) – Numerous non-governmental organisations used the World Water Forum (WWF) held in Marseille last week as an opportunity to remind the international community about the serious global impacts of large dams all over the world. Defined as dams higher than 15 metres or […]

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Activists Protest Greenwashing of Dams at World Water Forum

Call for Compliance with the World’s Highest Standards Inflatable dam at the stairs of St-Charles trainstation, Marseille Marseille – Activists created a living river and inflated a large dam in central Marseille today against the corporate greenwashing of dams at this week’s 6th World Water Forum in Marseille, France. The  colourful  manifestation  of  over  50  […]

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Des ONG disent non aux grands barrages en ouvrant leur Forum de l’eau

Appeared in Libération MARSEILLE (AFP) – Des militants d’ONG ont ouvert le Forum alternatif mondial de l’eau, mercredi à Marseille, en installant un barrage factice sur l’escalier de la gare Saint-Charles, dans le centre-ville, pour dénoncer les dégâts de l’hydroélectricité. De grands tissus bleus ont été déployés sur les marches pour symboliser une rivière s’écoulant […]

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