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[29 May 2020 | Topics: ]

The International Hydropower Association (IHA) published its 7th “Hydropower Status Report”. Report illustrates further decline of annually installed hydropower capacity, with “optimistic” estimate of only 15 GW added worldwide in 2019. We still tend to believe that the 12.5 GW figure from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is more accurate, because random check on the IHAs figures shows that to cheer-up report readership results for some countries were exaggerated: by 90 MW in Russia, by 250 MW in Ethiopia, and by 400 MW in Tajikistan, etc. However, our …

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[3 May 2020 | ]

Flood for thought: President Mirziyoyev at the site of the dam burst in the Sirdaryo region. (Photo: Presidential press service)

A dam that burst in the Uzbeksitan’s Sirdaryo region late last week has flooded thousands of homes and sent water rushing into villages in neighboring Kazakhstan. The newly built Sardoba Reservoir bursted short after construction of a hydropower plant started at its outlet. By the end of May 2, at least 75000 residents have been evacuated in two countries. This was …

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[29 Apr 2020 | Topics: ]

Chinese workers celebrate completion of a hydropower project in Uzbekistan. March 2020

Global Civil Society Call on Chinese Authorities to Ensure that COVID-19 Financial Relief is Not Targeted to Harmful Projects along the Belt and Road.

On April 29, 2020, the Rivers without Boundaries along with other 260 civil society groups across the world called on the Chinese government to ensure that COVID-19 related financial relief for struggling Belt and Road projects flows only to high quality investments satisfying specific criteria, and avoid bailing out projects already mired in environmental, social, biodiversity, …

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[5 Jan 2020 | Topics: ]

Orkhon river polluted by gold mining (UMMRL August 2019)

Since May 2019 Onggi river movement, jointly with United Movements for Mongolian Rivers and Lakes (UMMRL) has restarted a legal fight to enforce the Law with Long Name( a law to protect headwaters of rivers, protected zones of water reservoirs and forested areas) passed in July 2009 by Mongolian parliament under decisive pressure from civil society. By drafting and pushing through the Law the UMMRL could succeed in creating a legal background for cancelling and revoking 1782 mining licenses, which includes 391 …

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[19 Oct 2019 | Topics: ]

The Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation (SMEC) has been involved in dozens of destructive hydro-engineering projects that caused harm to many local communities in Asia from Mongolia to Laos. Today the RwB Coalition Coordinator Eugene Simonov arrived at Australia to report at the Riversymposium and to help local allies to pressure New South Wales Government to reassess impacts of Warragamba Dam that threatens the the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. The ABC reporting below.

An international group says in its Submission to NSW Senate company …

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President Emomali Rahmon starts construction of Rogun Hydro in 2016

The AIIB announced that it is joining the ADB and EBRD in an effort to build a 76 kilometer road and a bridge in Tajikistan. One would wonder why three multilateral banks are needed for such a small ordinary task? The answer is simple – they are helping the Central Asian autocracy to legitimize its unsustainable hydropower mega-project – potential source of major water conflicts in the region. This also may be paving the way for real large donor coming to …