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[30 Jul 2021 | Topics: ]

Dams threatening Lake Baikal and five other iconic areas are featured in a new report by Friends of the Earth US “World Heritage Forever? How Banks Can Protect the World’s Most Iconic Cultural and Natural Sites”.

Baikal Seal

The report is examining how the international banking sector lacks strong policies and practices to protect World Heritage and other internationally recognized sites. Drawing on six case studies, the report calls on financial institutions to adopt the Banks and Biodiversity No Go policy, which …

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[29 Jul 2021 | Topics: ]

Given tragic situation with river ecosystem protection  in the realm of the World Heritage Convention,  we want to bring to attention of Your delegations a concise brief detailing our findings and recommendations. We hope that Your Country will be able to promote strengthening freshwater ecosystem conservation. Rivers without Boundaries Coalition would be happy to explore opportunities to assist Your country’s efforts to protect rivers under this convention. See Part I Heritage Dammed Trends. See Part II CSOs’ Intervention. Part III – Recommendations – below (and in original …

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[29 Jul 2021 | Topics: ]

Sharp rise in negative impacts on World Heritage sites, occurring despite limitations of COVID, is in particularly obvious for properties affected by dams and other water infrastructure. This is the first part of a brief presented to World Heritage Convention Committee today by the RwB.

Here: Part I Heritage Dammed Trends. See Part II CSOs’ Intervention. See Part III – Recommendations (and in original “Heritage Dammed” Report.)

COVID lockdowns have not stopped river dammng

In 2019 the RwB and World Heritage Watch  presented at the
43rd Committee Session in Baku the …

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[20 Jul 2021 | ]

Devastation of the Rufiji River valley by the Julius Nyerere hydropower dam construction at the heart of the Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania. February 2021

On July 19th, the majority of the World Heritage Committee Members refuted the World Heritage Centre’s recommendation to de-list the property damaged severely and deliberately by construction of a hydropower reservoir on the Rufiji River. Instead many of them congratulated the State Party of Tanzania for its relentless efforts in safeguarding the Selous Game Reserve while pursuing “sustainable development”.

Amendments to the draft decision corrupting the spirit …

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[18 Jul 2021 | Topics: ]

A
wetland refuge on the Russia-Mongolia border

The Landscapes
of Dauria is a UNESCO site home to some of Inner Asia’s most charismatic
wildlife, but is threatened by Mongolia’s Blue Horse programme of water
infrastructure projects

  Eugene Simonov   The Third Pole. June 8, 2021  

Editor’s note: This is the second
in a two-part series on Mongolia’s Blue Horse water infrastructure programme.
Read the first article here

The
ever-changing Torey Lakes are a wetland paradise. Two large lakes and more than
300 smaller bodies of water in the Torey Depression support 305 bird species and 42 mammal species, as well as
reptiles, …

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[17 Jul 2021 | Topics: ]

Commentary to Mongabay by Gary Lee | Sarinee Achavanuntakul | Eugene Simonov

This month’s World Heritage
meeting represents a critical opportunity for the UNESCO World Heritage
Committee (WHC) to protect rivers and the World Heritage sites and
cultures that depend on them.The WHC is charged with protecting
sites around the world deemed of the highest cultural and natural values.
The increasing impact of dams on World Heritage sites has prompted …