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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 …

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[30 Jun 2019 | Topics: ]

The RwB Guide to the 43rd WH Committee Session, 2019

Vice-president of Azerbaidzhan Alieva opens the World heritage Committee Session

The 43rd Session of the World Heritage
Committee is opening today in Baku, Azerbaijan. This is an overview of most
pressing river and dam related issues planned for review or voiced by NGOs.

The 6th International NGO Forum on
World Heritage was be held on June 29th with participation of
representatives of World Heritage Center, IUCN, ICOMOS and many civil society
groups involved in conservation efforts in Africa, Australia, Asia, and the
Americas.  Forum discussed impacts of
climate change and …

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[30 Jun 2019 | Topics: ]

The 7th
International NGO Forum on World Heritage at Risk

Baku, Azerbaijan, 29 June 2019

We, the Civil Society
Organizations who have attended the 7th International NGO Forum on World
Heritage at Risk organized by World
Heritage Watch on 29 June in Baku, Azerbaijan, coming from 19 countries in 5
continents, as active and concerned citizens dealing with Natural and Cultural
World Heritage properties at different places, would like to bring
the following to the attention of the World Heritage Committee:

Hydropower
development has caused a dramatic world-wide decline in the number of
free-flowing rivers due to haphazard planning and disregard …

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Lake Baikal – the Largest Hydropower Reservoir on Earth

The RwB and World Heritage Watch presents the final complete version of the “Heritage Dammed” Report, dedicated to protection of natural freshwater ecosystems. This colorful report contains contributions from 30 civil society organizations (CSOs), experts and dam-affected communities around the world.

The Report documents how water infrastructure plays key role in degrading aquatic ecosystems at more than 50 World Heritage properties, of which 42 sites are threatened by hydropower.  Fourteen in-depth case studies illustrate and analyze the global threat to the rivers, …

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More than 250 civil society organizations from more than 70 countries of the world have already signed a public statement “False Promises of Hydropower” which highlights the key threats and  problems associated with dam building. The Statement is a response of civil society to the world Hydropower Congress held in Paris on May 13-16 to promote further damming of our rivers.
You can read the different versions of the Statement in Chinese, English, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian and French on this link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1E71t-G-cXoC_5XV2vBVOul86x1SsHnwV
The Statement was released in Paris, on May 13th, 2019
A …

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Picture: Free-flowing Amur-Heilong River forming Sino-Russian border (Taipinggou National Nature reserve)

The "Heritage Dammed" Preliminary Report released by the Rivers without Boundaries International Coalition (RwB) and World Heritage Watch contains contributions from 25 CSOs, experts and affected communities around the world.  LINK to the Report.

THE KEY MESSAGES:
– Freshwater ecosystems have become the most threatened part of the Planet’s biodiversity. Water infrastructures: dams, dykes and canals play key role in degrading aquatic ecosystems. They forever change natural morphology and hydrology patterns of rivers and lakes, half of freshwater ecoregions globally are already …