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[20 Sep 2021 | Topics: ]

Dedicated to the 2021 World Hydropower Congress, this Brief provides a review of hydropower development in 2020 and rich statistics on hydropower in the 21 century. It notes a modest role of hydropower in renewable energy (RE) revolution, global decline in annual hydropower expansion for the last 7 years. Section contains a brief account of relative advantages and disadvantages of hydropower as a part of “sustainable development”. It further assesses national policy environment for current hydropower development in dam-developing countries, exploring violations of internationally recognized ESG standards and safeguards. The …

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[19 Sep 2021 | Topics: ]

A Cannibal Tasked with Writing “Responsible Eating Guidelines” Faces Natural Difficulties…

It has been almost two weeks since the International Hydropower Association (IHA) announced its “historic commitment” not to build dams inside the World Heritage areas. It became about the last in the long line of industries who have been convinced by the World Heritage Center to declare such a commitment. In the explanatory FAQ document the IHA even says that when creating dams in the same basins but outside World Heritage “the focus should be on avoiding and …

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[24 Aug 2021 | Topics: ]

Bloomberg  

Remove dams in the Giant Salamander Reserve (poster)

As President Xi Jinping calls for greater environmental protection, officials are eager to demolish badly-planned dams. But the country will need vast amounts of clean hydroelectric power to meet its net-zero goal.

China is trying to wean its massive economy off coal and fossil fuels to meet its ambitious goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2060. So why is it trying to shut down as many as 40,000 hydropower plants?

Yebatan Hydro Construction on Jinsha (Upper Yangtze) River. 2018

The answer lies deep in the …

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Chinese Engineers at Turgusun Dam. Xinhua July 2021

According to Xinhua agency the
China-built Turgusun hydropower plant has been operating at full capacity since
mid-July and will help ease a power shortage in East Kazakhstan Region. The
plant is located on the Turgusun River near the city of Altai.
Built by the China International Water and Electric Corporation (CWE), a
subsidiary of the China
Three Gorges Corporation, the station has an installed capacity of 24.9 MW,
and is expected to produce up to 79.8 million kilowatt hours of electricity per
year.

Celebration of successful launch of the third generator. …

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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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[26 Jul 2021 | Topics: ]

A baby-sturgeon caught in Rioni River (Photo by Flora and Fauna International)

Today the World Heritage Committee inscribed the Colchic Rainforests and Wetlands, Georgia, on the World Heritage List as a unique ecosystem hosting outstanding biodiversity.

The Decision states that the Colchic Rainforests and Wetlands are relict forests, which have survived the glacial cycles of the ice age. The peatlands of the Colchis mire region, which are closely interlinked with lowland Colchic rainforests, also reflect the mild and extremely humid conditions there. These allow for the existence of percolation bogs, the …