Books & Reports

Books and reports covering a wide range of water related topics.


While water is now undisputedly recognized by the United Nations as a human right, communities defending their right to water continue to face an uphill battle against industries that are destroying watersheds. Prime among these is the dam industry, which remains a major threat to freshwater sources and the human right to water around the […]


Bearing Witness to Community Struggles Against Dams and Mining in Mexico is a report by Maude Barlow, former Senior Advisor on Water to the 63nd President of the United Nations General Assembly and Blue Planet Project founder, detailing her travels in Mexico in November 2012 to bear witness to the growing social and environmental impacts […]

Mar 202012

The UN right to water resolutions present an incredible opportunity for communities and groups around the world. It is not often that a new right is recognized at the United Nations, especially around an issue that is as increasingly political and urgent as the global water crisis. The right to water and sanitation resolutions are living documents waiting to be used for transformational change around the world. However, they will be only as meaningful as people and communities make them. The challenge now is ours

The Rights of Nature

Posted on January 13, 2012  Tagged with:
Jan 132012

In April 2010, Bolivia hosted a gathering for civil society in the wake of the failed December 2009 United Nations Copenhagen climate summit (COP 15). It was clear to millions of climate activists, scientists and environmentalists around the world that the UN process had been sidelined by a deal, the Copenhagen Accord, which represented a […]

Chilean Patagonia in the Balance

Posted on January 1, 2012  Tagged with: ,
Jan 012012

Dams, Mines and the Canadian Connection By Alex Latta and Kari Williams for The Council of Canadians Far away, on the southern cone of South America in Chilean Patagonia, exists one of the most beautiful, still-virgin territories on Earth. There, an intense struggle is taking place that most Canadians have never heard of, but that […]

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