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[15 Jul 2019 | ]

Work in Progress

As reported this morning Eugene Simonov spent his “Tigris
Day” at Selune River in Normandy, where two dams are being decommissioned to
restore connectivity and salmon spawning.

All Banks of Selune River are Plastered with Warning Against Sudden Rise of Water Levels due to Hydropower Operations

The task is huge: La Roche dam is 25 meters high, while Vezins Dam is 35 meters tall. Fortunately both dams are very thin, built using “multiple arch” design allowing to hold huge water volume behind relatively thin vaulted wall.

La Roche Dam July 2019

Downstream La …

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Resistance continues against Ilisu Dam!

Hasankeyf, July 14

Following a call by the Initiative to Keep Alive (HYG) and the Mesopotamia Ecology Movement (MEM) for the “Big Jump” ecology activists in Hasankeyf, Turkey and the world protested the controversial Ilisu Dam on the 14th of July. This action day is the continuation of the growing activities of the last 1,5 months against the Ilisu Dam which is almost ready for the filling of its reservoir.

The most actions have been done within Turkey which is a positive development as it shows the …

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Difficult dilemmas are discussed at the 43rd World Heritage Committee session in Baku. The RwB had a chance to introduce the “Heritage Dammed” Report during debate on two World Heritage sites threatened by dams.

NGO representative prepares for intervention

From July 1 afternoon African countries (which usually vote here in one united block) are challenging key enforcement mechanisms of the World Heritage Convention contrasting it with “rights to Sustainable development”. The move is backed now by Brazil, Bahrain and Azerbaijan.  Countries of Africa want more “development benefits from heritage …