Josh Klemm

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Josh Klemm
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Josh Klemm is co-director of International Rivers.

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Josh Klemm is the co-director of International Rivers, where he co-leads the management of strategy, programs, operations, and finances. He joined International Rivers in 2014 as policy director to lead the work targeting the world’s major financiers and companies active in the dams sector.

Josh previously led the Africa Program at the Bank Information Center where he ran campaigns with local partners to challenge destructive projects financed by development banks. Since joining International Rivers, Josh has led successful efforts to usher the World Bank out of the business of funding dams and has helped prevent the Green Climate Fund from bankrolling hydropower. Josh has a degree in International Affairs from James Madison University.

Follow Josh on Twitter: @JoshKlemm.

New York Times | September 2023

The collapse of two dams in Libya, unleashing torrential floodwaters that the United Nations has said left at least 11,300 people dead and over 10,000 still missing, was both predicted and preventable. And they won’t be the last big dams to collapse unless we remove and repair some of the aging and obsolete structures that are long past their expiration date.

Like many dams around the world, the Wadi Derna dams in Libya were built in the 1970s during the era of peak global dam construction, when 1,000 large dams were installed each year. Now most of these dams are reaching the end of their life spans.

EU Observer | April 2022

Josh Klemm and Nicholas Hildyard explore how the use of water as a weapon will escalate as the war in Ukraine continues, with devastating consequences.

Mongabay | December 2019

The Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI), a UK-based entity established to channel private finance toward addressing climate change, has aligned itself with the influential International Hydropower Association in its eagerness to capitalize on the growing market for climate-certified projects. Yet it has bitten off more than it can chew by attempting to certify hydropower projects, which prompted 276 civil society groups to call for the scheme to be abandoned.

Mongabay | 2019

Beyond protecting existing sites from harm, the World Heritage Committee needs to broaden its conception of what constitutes a natural site to recognize the intrinsic value of rivers, particularly free-flowing rivers, and their critical role in sustaining life.

Feature | December 2014

November 14. 2014. Washington, D.C. Hearing on the Status of Ethiopia

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