Impacts & Issues of Dams

Despite the claims by politicians and industry actors that hydro is “clean and green”, hydroelectric dam development has countless environmental, social, economic, and political impacts on communities around the world. These are complex, interconnected issues and stories that go beyond the brief summary described below. Therefore, these summaries are intended to provide a brief glimpse of the many challenges communities face, with links to  our publication database for further reading. Learning and knowing these stories can help decommission existing dams, stop future ones, and lead to energy sovereignty. We encourage you to read and share the documents included in the database, read the first hand stories, and visit our campaigns page to get involved in resistance efforts to stop dams around the world.