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[17 Mar 2018 | Topics: ]

Multilateral development banks have supported no fewer than 82 hydropower projects across southeast Europe, including in protected areas, according to a study by CEE Bankwatch Network released today.
The study  finds that the number of hydropower projects in the region that enjoy financial support from multilateral development banks  and commercial banks, is even greater than previously known.
Since 2005, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), and the World Bank Group have extended loans and guarantees totalling EUR 727 million to no fewer than 82 hydropower …

Baikal Lake, Featured »

[16 Mar 2018 | Topics: ]

A Baikal seal on Lake Baikal. By Per Harald Olsen – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0.
London-listed En+ Group published its 2017 financial results  with revenues exceeding USD 12 billion and “environmental  provision”  of mere USD 3 million.  On the same day  James Cusick  questioned. In openDemocracy UK the behavior of  the Lord Barker of Battles – new chairman of Russian En+Group, that claims it operates “green” hydropower, while destroying Russian rivers and lakes. We really appreciate that in times when other press is preoccupied with political struggle and poisoning …

Greening Silk Road, Solidarity »

[14 Mar 2018 | Topics: ]

Statement on: International Day of Action for Rivers; Anti Dams Day on March 14, 2018 by the Burma Rivers Network
The Burma Rivers Network, together with ethnic communities around the country, are calling for an immediate halt to plans by the Burmese government and the multinational hydropower industrial complex to build cascades of dams on major rivers and tributaries in Burma’s ethnic conflict zones.
In a “stakeholder discussion” in Yangon in February 2018, the International Financial Cooperation (IFC) recommended against building mainstream dams on Burma’s major rivers, including the Salween and …

Baikal Lake, Featured, Selenga River, Solidarity »

External threats and their perceptions tend to reflect differences between a society’s various segments and groups—which, in turn, stem from problems on local, regional or global levels. Certain problems can provoke public discontent and often require legislative regulation by the state. However, even in countries with well-developed civil society institutions, the state’s response can be controversial, providing little more than an illusory solution, while the actual problem remains hidden from sight, only to end up in explosive social conflict sooner or later. What …

Greening Silk Road, Solidarity »

[4 Mar 2018 | Topics: ]

A Beijing-based NGO filed a lawsuit on Friday against the companies responsible for developing a hydropower station near a nature reserve in southwestern China, citing numerous environmental violations. Construction of the Huilong Mountain Hydropower Station, in Yunnan’s verdant Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, commenced in October 2015 and is slated for completion by 2019. But a group called Friends of Nature says the project has destroyed the rain forest, threatens fish, and will submerge part of the Xishuangbanna Nature Reserve. China Resources Power Yunnan Xishuangbanna Co. …