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[19 Nov 2021 | ]

Sara Sax. Interview. High Country News

Indigenous activists and allies are highlighting how dams harm the climate and Indigenous peoples worldwide.

For two weeks, leaders and representatives from around the
world have gathered in person and virtually in Glasgow, Scotland, for
the United Nations’ 26th annual climate change summit, called the
Conference of the Parties, or COP26. Six years ago, at COP21, nearly 200
countries signed the Paris Agreement, a groundbreaking pledge that
strives to limit global temperatures to 2.7 Fahrenheit (1.5 degrees
Celsius) of warming. This year, one of …

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[22 Sep 2021 | Topics: ]

International Hydropower
Association Reveals “Good Practice” Guide for (Damming) Protected Areas

It looks like the hydropower
industry is getting on nerves of the big international NGOs (BINGOs) who have “cooperated”
with the IHA for a decade in common search for “sustainable hydropower”.
And there was a good reason for that at a webinar held on September 21 by the
industry association to present its historic commitments.

The new “historic commitment”
taken on by the industry promises to spare from dam-building only World
Heritage but continue to dam protected areas and remaining free-flowing rivers
(in a sustainable manner). Commitment born after …

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[21 Sep 2021 | Topics: ]

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September
21, 2021

To:

-Alok
Sharma, the 2021 President of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties

-Parties
to the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP-26)

A Declaration: Climate mitigation efforts
must reject so-called “sustainable hydropower” as a solution to combat climate
change

On
behalf of 300 organizations from 69 countries, representing civil
society, peoples movements, Indigenous Peoples organizations, scientists,
conservationists, we call upon Alok Sharma, the 2021 President of the UNFCCC
Conference of the Parties (COP-26), and all parties to COP-26, to reject
attempts by the hydropower industry to secure scarce climate funds to finance a
new …

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[20 Sep 2021 | Topics: ]

Dedicated to the 2021 World Hydropower Congress, this Brief provides a review of hydropower development in 2020 and rich statistics on hydropower in the 21 century. It notes a modest role of hydropower in renewable energy (RE) revolution, global decline in annual hydropower expansion for the last 7 years. Section contains a brief account of relative advantages and disadvantages of hydropower as a part of “sustainable development”. It further assesses national policy environment for current hydropower development in dam-developing countries, exploring violations of internationally recognized ESG standards and safeguards. The …

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[19 Sep 2021 | Topics: ]

A Cannibal Tasked with Writing “Responsible Eating Guidelines” Faces Natural Difficulties…

It has been almost two weeks since the International Hydropower Association (IHA) announced its “historic commitment” not to build dams inside the World Heritage areas. It became about the last in the long line of industries who have been convinced by the World Heritage Center to declare such a commitment. In the explanatory FAQ document the IHA even says that when creating dams in the same basins but outside World Heritage “the focus should be on avoiding and …

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[10 Aug 2021 | Topics: ]

Zun Torey Lake (now inside Daursky Zapovednik core zone) . by Bart Wickel

State Strict Scientific Nature Reserve (Zapovednik) Daursky has been expanded by Governmental Decree #1301 issued on August 4, 2021.

The area of the strictly protect area has been expanded from 45 000 hectares to 84 000 ha (more than by 80%) by adding 11 new adjacent land plots in grassland and wetland ecosystems in Ononsky and Borzinsky districts of Zabaikalsky Province (Kray).

Maps of Daursky SSNR and adjacent protected areas.Left: Red- old strictly protected zones (45000 ha), Yellow – …