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[11 Feb 2021 | Topics: ]

According to the International Hydropower Association, starting in early 2021, the Swiss Government-funded three-year initiative will see IHA Sustainability, the organisation’s non-profit subdivision, work with project developers, alongside regulators, investors and civil society organisations from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. They will try to reestablish good name for “sustainable hydropower”, which is probably a hopeless business given the history of hydropower development and its current reputation in the Balkans. Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina blocked all new small hydro project applications last year, now …

Arctic, Greening Silk Road, Kamchatka Peninsula, Solidarity »

[12 Jan 2021 | Topics: ]

Former Kamchatka Governor Ilyukhin discusses mineral exploration with Indian company representatives

The attempts of Tata Power Co. to explore Krutogorovskoye Coal Deposit at Kamchatka Peninsula has been for long seen by Russian environmental community as an irresponsible and risky enterprise. It would affect pristine natural landscapes, salmon fisheries, marine ecosystems and ancestral rights of indigenous people. In an interview with Rishika Pardikar(OZY), Eugene Simonov, the RwB’s International Coordinator, discusses how this environmental crime fits into wider efforts of Indian Government to secure its share of the Arctic fossil fuel …

Essential Publications, Featured, Greening Silk Road, Solidarity »

[15 Dec 2020 | Topics: ]

International Rivers, Rivers without Boundaries and other partners
are seeking your support in a global call for a just and green recovery
at  www.Rivers4Recovery.org. 

Rivers for Recovery Report

This global action focuses on calling out and confronting efforts to use the
post-COVID-19 pandemic economic recovery to push for  more destructive
dams and prop up the ailing hydropower industry.  At the same time, it
highlights alternative pathways for a truly “green recovery” through river
protection and other nature-based solutions, valuing community-based
initiatives, that should be supported by governments and 
financiers. 

We send the global call to financiers, governments of dam-building countries, international …

Essential Publications, Greening Silk Road, Paris vaut une barrage(?), Solidarity »

SHORT SOBERING REPORT

Enashimskaya Hydro in Siberia

Since the Report by World Commission on Dams (Nov.
2000) for 20 years there has been relative consensus that large hydro is
associated with excessive social and environmental impacts and should be given
no green ticket into sustainable future. Somehow it was simultaneously
stipulated that “small hydro is OK” and it took two decades and thousands of
ruined rivers to start questioning this type of “green energy”.

Major international energy organizations(like the the IEA or IRENA) have already stopped dividing hydropower into “small” and “large” about 3-5 years ago as it …

Central Asia Basins, Greening Silk Road »

[24 Nov 2020 | Topics: ]

Since the announcement of its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in 2013, China has overtaken Russia to become the largest investor in Central Asian economies, attracted by the region’s mineral deposits and hydrocarbons, economic opportunities for Chinese products and the desire to ensure stability and security in its western Xinjiang region. Reflecting these motivations, Chinese investment has mainly been in infrastructure and extractive industries, which has brought an array of negative environmental impacts and social tensions to the region.It is …

Featured, Gobi Groundwater Basins, Greening Silk Road, Kherlen River, Paris vaut une barrage(?), Selenga River, Solidarity »

[1 Nov 2020 | Topics: ]

Vulnerable Kherlen River the victim of water diversion plans

Before 2000 there were no mines in
South Gobi apart from the state-run Tavan Tolgoi coal mine. But over the past
two decades, foreign investment has flooded in, with companies now operating 12
large mines, including Rio Tinto’s Oyu Tolgoi, one of the world’s biggest
copper and gold mines. Driven by the mining industry’s growing demands, the
government estimates that the region’s groundwater will run dry within a few
years.

Much of Mongolia’s water is in the
north, and the government now plans to pipe this water to the arid …