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[14 Mar 2018 | Topics: ]

Statement on: International Day of Action for Rivers; Anti Dams Day on March 14, 2018 by the Burma Rivers Network
The Burma Rivers Network, together with ethnic communities around the country, are calling for an immediate halt to plans by the Burmese government and the multinational hydropower industrial complex to build cascades of dams on major rivers and tributaries in Burma’s ethnic conflict zones.
In a “stakeholder discussion” in Yangon in February 2018, the International Financial Cooperation (IFC) recommended against building mainstream dams on Burma’s major rivers, including the Salween and …

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[4 Mar 2018 | Topics: ]

A Beijing-based NGO filed a lawsuit on Friday against the companies responsible for developing a hydropower station near a nature reserve in southwestern China, citing numerous environmental violations. Construction of the Huilong Mountain Hydropower Station, in Yunnan’s verdant Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, commenced in October 2015 and is slated for completion by 2019. But a group called Friends of Nature says the project has destroyed the rain forest, threatens fish, and will submerge part of the Xishuangbanna Nature Reserve. China Resources Power Yunnan Xishuangbanna Co. …

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[12 Jan 2018 | Topics: ]

Good news came to us in the first days of this year from an unexpected source. Brazil officials announced  that the Government “should respect the views of civil society” and will abstain from new mega-dam building. This is a global trend that was theoretically predicted awhile ago and, hopefully,  is finally gaining momentum among strongest “DamNations”. Thus Brazil becomes the third BRICs country after China and Russia that limits large hydropower construction on its rivers.  Hey India, now it is Your turn!

· Brazil’s government this week announced a …

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[3 Jan 2018 | Topics: ]

 
Yamal LNG shipping scenarios. Source: Novatek
More than a year has passed since several conservation NGOs addressed Chinese state banks (the China Development Bank (CDB), China Exim Bank, and the Silk Road Fund) raising deep concerns regarding environmental and social impacts of the Yamal LNG Project. We got no response either from Chinese financiers or from Chinese agencies overseeing  overseas investment. In December 2017 a case-study on this project was published by the Friends of the Earth US in a book "Investing in a green Belt&Road? Assessing implementation of China’s Green …

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[16 Dec 2017 | Topics: ]

We have unusual cause to talk  again about our old acquaintances : China Three Gorges Co.  What makes us really cheerful is not even the speed of conversion from new hydro to new solar, not just the boldness with which they reclaim collapsed coal mine for new solar farm, but the fact all this innovation is still  to cost about 1000 USD per KW of installed capacity – cheaper that anything else….No wonder that in July 2017 the CTCC Vice-president Mr.Lin Chuxue told the RwB coordinator, that his corporation is …

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[30 Nov 2017 | Topics: ]

This is a quick snap-shot  developed by Eugene Simonov of the Rivers without Boundaries International Coalition (RwB) who visited planned reservoir bottom in September 2017. At the RwB we often encounter 50-60-year old dam designs being revived in completely new circumstances of the "Belt and Road Initiative"(BRI) of China. Besides Tractebel (part of Engie ) and Gezhouba companies involved in this cases are well known to us from other dam sites in Eurasia. This short review is written to bring discussion from political speculations to basic questions about this immortal …