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[13 Apr 2019 | Topics: ]

WHY GREEN BRI SURVEY?
The Belt and Road Initiative of China (BRI) is associated with substantial environmental and social risks which are yet to be properly managed. Civil society organizations\activists in many countries monitor China overseas investment and are trying to push it towards greater sustainability and prevent negative impacts on sensitive natural areas and vulnerable populations whose livelihoods depend on ecosystem services. As the most comprehensive of all "sustainability" policies published by China to address its overseas activities, the "Guidance on Promoting Green Belt and Road" can be used …

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[13 Apr 2019 | Topics: ]

Large corruption scandal followed the "crowd-funding campaign" for large dams on the Indus River (Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand hydropower stations) launched by former Chief Justice of Pakistan and the new Prime Minister in 2018.

Snapshot: Instead of expediting hearings on stalled cases, the Supreme Court of Pakistan still focuses on "dam jihad". http://www.supremecourt.gov.pk/web/page.asp?id=2757
 
Script for a Tragic Comedy “Dam Jihad”:
·  The ground-breaking ceremony for the giant Diamer-Bhasha Dam has already been carried out five times in the last fifteen years. The project cost is more than USD 14 billion, it has already …

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[5 Apr 2019 | Topics: ]

 
Graph:Annual hydropower installation in MW (IRENA 2019)
 
Hydropower increase in 2018 is less than 21 GW or 17% less than in 2017 and signifies steady decline in this sector for the fifth year in a row. We have no data which part of capacity was added through modernization of old facilities, but expect it to be a sizeable share. China leads in hydropower construction both domestically and overseas. And China Hydropower Association  claimed in January that its members participate in 70% of actively developed  projects around the world. However the …

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[14 Mar 2019 | Topics: ]

To:  Director, UNESCO World Heritage Center
CC: IUCN World Heritage Department.

RwB presents an NGO address on  dams threatening World Heritage 2018 World Heritage Committee session , Bahrain . See Do Dams Damage World Heritage ?
 
The  Greenpeace Russia and Rivers without Boundaries International Coalition (RwB) have serious concerns about the implementation of the World Heritage Committee decisions by the State Party of Russia for the Lake Baikal World Heritage Site.
Recently L. Baikal has been the arena of many changes in legal regulations and enforcement activities, most of them having …

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[12 Mar 2019 | Topics: ]

On March 1 we witnessed  the first globally-coordinated  international action against a Chinese bank in response to a specific Belt and Road  project, which in this case is the Batang Toru Dam in Indonesia, which if built, will have a variety of negative environmental and social impacts, including dooming a newly discovered orangutan species to extinction. SEE We Ask Bank of China Not To Kill Our Relatives!
Activists were able to deliver WALHI/ Friends of the Earth Indonesia’s letter to Bank of China in: Madrid, Brussels, London, Accra, Nairobi, Maputo, Johannesburg, …

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[11 Mar 2019 | Topics: ]

The Rivers without Boundaries International Coalition (RwB) shared with the UNECSO its deep concerns with  spurred development of Egiin Gol Hydro Project and cancellation of basin-wide Regional environmental assessment (REA) of hydropower by the World Bank MINIS Project in Mongolia.  Later in a separate letter, the Coalition together with Greenpeace will submit observations and suggestions on the Lake Baikal World Heritage site protection and management by the State Party of Russian Federation .

 
To: UNESCO World Heritage Center and
CC: IUCN World Heritage Department.
 
The Rivers without Boundaries International Coalition (RwB) …