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[15 Jul 2018 | Topics: ]

China’s National  World Heritage Committee keeps its word! Three years ago  Dr. Du Yue, secretary general of the Chinese delegation at the World Heritage Committee Session,  listened to the RwB representative lamenting that Chinese Exim Bank was about to support the Egiin Gol Hydro Project in  Mongolia which may threaten Lake Baikal World Heritage site  and joyfully responded: “Times changed, this is unlikely to happen. And if You wait for several years, You will see China itself removing dams that affect World Heritage”. Since he was laughing, we decided that …

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Civil Society Organizations who have attended the 5th International NGO Forum on World Heritage at Risk organized by the World Heritage Watch on 22-23 June 2018 in Bahrain, coming from 24 countries in 6 continents, as active and concerned citizens dealing with Natural and Cultural World Heritage properties at different places, would like to bring the following to the attention of the World Heritage Committee:

Resolution

On implementation of World Heritage Committee decisions regarding Lake Baikal in the light of climate mitigation & adaptation efforts
While Mongolia still prepares for hydropower construction, …

Greening Silk Road, Solidarity »

The RwB Coalition is extremely satisfied with  overdue decision to Inscribe the Lake Turkana on the List of World Heritage in Danger. The case of Lake Turkana is an important lesson for similar situation in Lake Baikal Basin where our coalition is most active. The decision does not only give a chance to press for adequate environmental flow provision for the Omo River, but also is a great help in our arguments against new dams in Lake Baikal Basin.
The Turkana and  Baikal represent two opposite cases of China state-owned …

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The Rivers without Boundaries Coalition addressed the World Heritage Committee which holds its 42nd Session from June 25 to July 4 in Manama, Bahrain. The RwB Coordinator, Eugene Simonov, presented a resolution “ On the Dam Damage: Water Infrastructure Threatening World Heritage” adopted by the 5th World Heritage Watch Forum held by CSOs immediately before the Session.
Podcast of Eugene’s intervention at the Session

Resolution

On the Dam Damage:
Water Infrastructure Threatening World Heritage

Impacts from water infrastructure in the basins where WH properties are located appear to be the most serious …

Greening Silk Road, Solidarity »

[24 Jun 2018 | Topics: ]

The ALERT – Alliance of leading conservation researchers and thinkers published an  appeal to conservation community to provide comments on defunct Draft Transport Strategy , which the AIIB is soliciting till July 4. The blog by William Laurance follows:

Should We Fear the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank?
Ready.  Fire.  Aim.
That seems to be the emerging strategy of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the China-led mega-bank that wants to supercharge development across half the planet.
ALERT scientists have just analyzed the AIIB’s draft "Transport Sector Strategy" — which describes how the Bank will …

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[12 Jun 2018 | Topics: ]

Release by the Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive

Impoundment of Ilisu Dam Reservoir has not yet started – Drought in Iraq has other reasons
On June 1, 2018 news began to circulate that the impoundment of the reservoir of the controversial Ilisu Dam on the Tigris River in the Kurdish Southeast of the Republic of Turkey had started. The Turkish State Water Works (DSI) announced that with the closing of the first valves of the three diversion tunnels the filling of the reservoir had begun. …