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[25 May 2019 | Topics: ]

Eugene Simonov presents findings and recommendations of the “Heritage Dammed” Report.
After the RwB  coordinator delivered a presentation at the World Hydropower Congress (photo above), a representative of the Three Gorges Corporation made a statement, on which the RwB issued a press-release published by the HydroWorld:
The Rivers without Boundaries (RwB) coalition reports that the China Three Gorges Corporation has announced its commitment to protect World Heritage Sites and its reasons behind not bidding on the Stiegler’s Gorge hydropower plant in Selous Game Reserve, a World Heritage Site in Tanzania.
After this statement, …

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[22 May 2019 | Topics: ]

It is always soothing to republish articles which reflect wider acceptance of your own views.  This is the case with a piece by  Wang Jiamei of the Global Times published on April 24 2019

Photo: chilren crossing a bridge over Budhi-Gandaki River in Arughat settlement to be submerged by Budhi Gandaki HPP. RwB
With the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the importance of the water conservancy sector in infrastructure construction has been well recognized in the global arena. However, despite ample development opportunities, there are still enormous risks and …

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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 …

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[29 Apr 2019 | Topics: ]

International solidarity is demonstrated by Macedonian conservationists who dedicates her victory over Boskov Most  Hydro to the fight against destructive hydropower in Georgia.
Ana Colovic Lesoska, Executive Director of Ekosvest, CEEBankwatch’s member group in Macedonia, has led a multi-year campaign to cut off international funding for two large hydropower plants planned for inside the Mavrovo National Park – Macedonia’s oldest and largest national park – thereby protecting the habitat of the nearly-extinct Balkan lynx.
For her efforts, she is being awarded the 2019 Goldman Environmental Prize for Europe. Given annually …

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[17 Apr 2019 | Topics: ]

The 1st Mesopotamia Water forum took place on 6-8 April 2019 in Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
The activists working in Syria, Iraq, Turkey and Iran discussed water crisis in the region and  denounced the grave impacts of dams and other water infrastructures on social structures, river ecosystems, cultural heritage, and local economies. The lack of democratic, decision-making mechanisms was highlighted. Another important aspect that was critiqued is the use of dams as weapons of hegemony by upstream states and powers against downstream communities. Strong alternative approaches were proposed to …