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[22 Jul 2020 | Topics: ]

Dear China, it’s time to talk!!!

Despite saying it takes multilateral cooperation seriously, China has not yet responded to civil society concerns in Latin America

Giant Dam in Ecuador built by Chinese corporations

At the end of April, 263 civil
society groups from around the world sent a letter
to the heads of various Chinese institutions about financial aid to help
coronavirus-affected projects connected to the Belt and Road Initiative,
China’s global infrastructure programme. They asked for support not to be given
to projects that had posed social, environmental, climatic or financial risks
before the pandemic struck.

Crucially, in …

Essential Publications, Solidarity »

[6 Jul 2020 | Topics: ]

New Report of Save the Tigris Campaign

The Rivers without Boundaries is proud to announce publication of the first ever comprehensive report on dams in Kurdistan Region of Iraq, prepared by the Save the Tigris Campaign, which we are the happy participants of.

According to the UNDP, the water discharge of the Tigris-Euphrates Rivers is set to decrease by 50% between 2009 and 2025. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) which governs the KRI recognizes water security as a priority. To tackle the issues of climate change, upstream dam construction and mismanagement, the …

Aral Sea, Central Asia Basins, Featured, Greening Silk Road, Solidarity »

The tragic failure of the Sardoba
dam has sparked fresh debate around water conflicts and the need for
cooperation between countries in Central Asia

Traumatic memories of Sardoba dam failure…

At 5.55 am on May 1, after five days
of severe storms, a dam wall at the Sardoba reservoir in the region of
Sirdaryo, Uzbekistan, collapsed and water poured through a breach onto cotton
fields and villages.

To reduce water pressure on the
walls of the reservoir and prevent further collapse of dam walls, its gates
were opened. Water spilled into the Southern Golodnostepsky Canal and its
offshoots, with the intention …

Arctic, Solidarity »

[14 Jun 2020 | Topics: ]

A huge flow of diesel has reached
stunning Lake Pyasino in the Arctic after the recent accident at a thermal
power plant near Norilsk, it is believed. This indicates the failure of initial
attempts to contain the toxic pollution, and with the lake linked by the Pyasina
River to the Kara Sea there are now fears much worse is to come. A grim
Krasnoyarsk governor Alexander Uss
said: ‘The fuel has got into Lake Pyasino. This is a beautiful lake about 70
kilometres long.‘But it’s impossible to predict how it will bear this brunt
now. At the moment, …

Greening Silk Road, Solidarity »

[4 Jun 2020 | Topics: ]

We warned in vain that hydropower construction should be halted to prevent massive outbreak of COVID-19 at Beloporozhskaya hydroelectric station.

A large outbreak of coronavirus was detected in Karelia, at the construction site of the Beloporozhskaya hydropower station, with number of COVID-positive patients hospitalized from the construction site coming to 79 by the morning of June 4. Two months ago Eugene Simonov –international coordinator of the Rivers without Boundaries coalition published a warning to Karelia authorities insisting that precautions should be taken and construction should not be rushed to meet …

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[20 Apr 2020 | Topics: ]

32GW drop in electricity demand caused by PM Modi’s demonstration of his authority over India’s citizens suffering lockdown

On April 3,
PM Modi appealed to Indians to turn out their lights for nine minutes at 9 p.m.
on Sunday. April 5th, to show solidarity amid the coronavirus lockdown with a
show of lamps, candles and flashlights. Critics say it was done to distract
attention from humanitarian problems caused by sudden country-wide lockdown imposed
on March 25.  “Salute to the light
of the lamp which brings auspiciousness, health and prosperity, which destroys
negative feelings,” Mr. Modi tweeted at …