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[14 Dec 2013 | Topics: ]

Russia and other members of IDA – stop funding large hydropower and other dirty energy mega-projects!
Invest in green energy and sustainable development of local communities!

On December 16-17, 2013 in Moscow the World Bank will gather governments to make their pledges to the 17th replenishment of International Development association – IDA. The IDA was founded to support poorest communities of the world, but now its energy portfolio is dominated not by decentralized local green energy sources but by multi-billion “transformational” projects of giant dams on large rivers of …

Solidarity »

[6 Dec 2013 | Topics: ]

ADDRESS AT THE LAUNCH OF THE FINAL REPORT OF THE WORLD COMMISSION ON DAMS.
LONDON, 16 NOVEMBER 2000 (excerpts)
 
Friends !
 
It really gives me great pleasure to be present at and participate in this occasion of the launch of the report of the World Commission on Dams.…
 
I am aware that the issue of dams and their benefits and impacts has become one of the battlegrounds in the sustainable development arena. The establishment of the Commission was well timed and its report will certainly be an important contribution to those debates and our …

Baikal Lake, Featured, Selenga River »

[2 Dec 2013 | Topics: ]

Russia is concerned about Mongolia’s plan to construct the Shuren hydroelectric power plant on Selenga River that could adversely affect the ecosystem of Lake Baikal.

At a recent meeting of the National Security Council
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[1 Dec 2013 | ]

The Aras (Araks) River is the biggest tributary to Kura River system that flows from Turkey to Armenia, Azerbaijan and Iran.
Map from Kura-Aras GEF Project
If the Tuzluca dam is constructed in the Aras Valley in Turkey right before Aras River becomes the border with Armenia, the feeding, breeding and wintering areas for at least 240 bird species and nearly 100 mammal, reptile and amphibian species will be destroyed. This includes 36 animal species threatened or near threatened with extinction. With more research, it is thought that HALF of all …