“The report of the World Commission on Dams is a step forward in the decades long struggle of the peoples’ organizations questioning the social and environmental impacts and their justifiability on the basis of water and power delivery services as also economic benefits.”

It “is widely acknowledged as a significant contribution to the debate on dams, not only on the benefits and costs of large dams, but more generally to the current rethinking of development decision-making in a world deeply affected by rapid global change. In particular, its recommendation that decisions on major infrastructure developments take place within a framework that recognizes the rights of all stakeholders, and the risks that each stakeholder group is asked, or obliged to sustain, has been regarded as shifting the dams debate onto a new plane.”

WCD DAMS – Dams and Development Report – November 2000



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