Contributor: Payal Parekh

Payal Parekh

About Payal Parekh

Payal Parekh works with International River’s Climate team to raise awareness that dams are emitters of methane; to stop international carbon offsetting schemes; and to promote climate adaptation strategies that protect rivers and the communities dependent on them. Before joining International Rivers in 2008, her experience included working in solidarity with the Narmada Bachao Andolan, a social movement in India fighting the damming of the Narmada River, investigating the Indian government’s plans to interlink rivers, and providing technical environmental assistance to Indian NGOs and social movements. Most recently, she was a Marie Curie research fellow at the University of Bern in Switzerland conducting scientific research on carbon cycle – climate interactions. Payal holds a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

China’s CDM (hydro) Projects in Hot Water

International Rivers’ Parekh and Yan, takes us through the pros and cons of Kyoto Protocol’s CDM’s hydropower projects and why it fails to promote sustainable development. Hydro represents 25% of all projects funded by CDM; China accounts for 64% of all hydro projects… … more

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