World Indigenous Summit on Environment and Rivers (WISER) Baram 2015

In the past six decades large dams have forced some 40-80 million people from their lands, according to the World Commission on Dams. Indigenous, tribal, and peasant communities have been particularly hard hit. These legions of dam refugees have, in the great majority of cases, been economically, culturally and psychologically devastated.

The World Indigenous Summit on Environment and Rivers (WISER) Baram 2015, held in October, brought anti-dam activists from around the world to collaborate, build solidarity, raise awareness about mega-dams, and make a lot of noise for the 2nd anniversary of the Baram Dam Blockades.

We coordinated with communities and NGOs on the ground, international NGOs, and communities fighting dams all over the world to host a week-long event to raise international attention and forge connections between grassroots organizations experiencing similar struggles.

The conference featured two main sections: a visit to villages and the two blockade sites with an event at the Baram Dam Blockades for their 2 year anniversary, and a more typical conference in the city of Miri. We traveled on the river by boat and on logging roads by SUVs/4x4s. All of our international activist guests were given the opportunity to speak about their experiences and engage in discussion with other activists, including smaller break-out discussions between activists to discuss strategy.

Learn more about WISER Baram 2015 here