International Rivers' South Asia chapter seeks to promote the goals of the larger organization in the context of destructive dam building taking place in the region. The overall mission is to work to value and protect healthy rivers and the rights of local communities. With the understanding that energy and water needs can be met without degrading nature or increasing poverty, International Rivers has been fighting against dam construction since the 1980s. International Rivers strongly believes that people have the right to participate in decisions that affect their lives and environment. Previously, International Rivers has specifically focused on the proposed dams on the Narmada River, working to mobilize international pressure to prevent the dam construction. Today, International Rivers’ South Asia chapter is working in the Himalayan region across India, Bhutan and Nepal as well as supporting partners in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. They continue to work in cooperation with a network of activists and organizations and collaborate to challenge large hydropower projects that impact riverine ecosystems and threaten the rights and livelihoods of marginalized communities.