Support Sustainable Dam Building Criteria

Target: World Wildlife Fund

Goal: Support the World Wildlife Fund in striving for sustainability by encouraging dam engineers to adhere to proper dam building techniques

A recent report released by the World Wildlife Fund, “Seven Sins of Dam Building,” outlines the many issues associated with dam implementation. Dam construction is based off of requirements that do not always take crucial factors into consideration and often neglect environmental processes. Support the World Wildlife Fund’s report that criticizes dam design and implementation that does not follow proper construction and implementation guidelines.

Included in “Seven Sins of Dam Building” are the globally controversial dam projects such as Xayaburi and Belo Monte dams, as well as projects underway in Turkey and Austria. Water Security Specialist for World Wildlife Fund, Jian-hua Meng, stated that after the World Wildlife Fund reviewed nine dams in total, it was discovered that many of the projects do not adhere to dam construction guidelines. However, such errors are avoidable by conducting proper assessments that genuinely follow the given protocol.

According to the report, the necessity to build takes precedence over consideration of alternatives and the long-term effects that would be less damaging to ecosystems.  Mr. Meng explained how sustainability surrounding dam creation could be guaranteed if dam operations and installations are properly checked against set criteria given under the World Commission on Dams or the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol.

When the majority of dam constituents rely on political connections, granting financial strength to most projects, sustainability can be difficult to achieve. The report notes that risk assessments as well as scientific data are often overshadowed by economic or political agendas. To acquire an overall successful and sustainable dam project, more than just the legal regulator’s sanction is required. Support the World’s Wildlife Fund’s efforts of adherence to proper dam building protocol in order to protect wildlife.


Dear World Wildlife Fund,

Dams that are properly constructed and operated can provide substantial benefits, including energy and food security. However, with the necessity to build based off of political or economic means, environmental considerations often fall by the wayside.

By producing “Seven Sins of Dam Building,” you are providing dam engineers, designers, and implementers with the essential guidelines to achieve a successful outcome. Also highlighted are the controversial projects such as the Xayaburi dam, which can be used as examples and models of creating potentially damaging long-term results. Therefore, I support the issuing of this report and join you in encouraging dam engineers to follow proper dam building protocol and finding sustainable alternatives.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. J Davidson says:

    It’s all about politics and money, until the politicians and those in power are affected, and by that time it’s too late to undo the damages.

  2. patsy olive says:

    I get so upset when I see animals abused. God put these animals on earth for us to take care of,not abuse them. I will do whatever it takes to stop it.

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