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[14 Dec 2019 | Topics: ]

Alberto Curamil.Pudu Media

There is always hope, especially if your friends take a stand for you. An indigenous Chilean leader who faced up to 50 years in prison walked free Friday after judges unanimously acquitted him of all charges.

Alberto Curamil, 45, was charged
with armed robbery and possession of illegal weapons, accusations that
supporters say were politically motivated and aimed at silencing his activism.
A co-defendant, Álvaro Millalén, was also acquitted.

The charges against Curamil came
after he led a move that halted the construction of hydroelectric dams on a
sacred river in southern …

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[13 Dec 2019 | Topics: ]

Baghdad, 12 December 2019

Salman Kairallah Al-Mansoori and Omar Kadhem Al-Amri, two Iraqi activists for human and environmental rights, have disappeared in Baghdad since December 11 and are still untraceable. They disappeared at 12 pm when they did not answer the calls of their colleagues, friends and family. The last contact with them was at 11:30, and they confirmed they are still at Al-Nawab Street in the Al-Kadhimiya area, where they went early in the morning in order to buy tents for Tahrir Square. …

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[10 Dec 2019 | Topics: ]

In July 2019 AIIB President promised to RwB “to be very cautious with hydropower”, it does not show in the Draft Water Sector Strategy

On December 10, 2019 eighteen civil society organizations from 12 countries of Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas submitted to the AIIB initial comments with a hope to start meaningful consultations on key environmental and social issues specific to river basin management and water infrastructure development. Full text below.

Submission to Consultations on the AIIB “Draft Water Sector Strategy”.

Introduction: Expectations

Ever since discovering that the AIIB intends to
develop a …

Paris vaut une barrage(?), Solidarity »

[10 Dec 2019 | Topics: ]

In September the RwB Coalition published ” Our Response to the Climate Bond Initiative’s Attempt to “Climatewash” Hydropower “. Now 281 CSOs from 75 countries representing all major river basins of the world joined forces in a call to Climate Bonds Initiative to abandon proposed Standard for Hydropower, which has nothing to do with genuine climate mitigation efforts. Their statement is also available in Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, and Portuguese (note: those are earlier releases with 276 signatories). At Climate COP 25 in Madrid this issue will be raised …

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Small Hydro, supported by the International Finance Corporation, blocking Langarica River in a national park in Albania . by Cornelia Wieser

As You, probably, know the main factor preventing rivers in EU to achieve “good ecological status” prescribed by the Water Framework Directive is “hydro-morphological alteration”, in other words – dams, dykes and other water infrastructure. One would expect, that policies of EU countries would be directed at removing and reducing this threat. Reality is shocking:

Europe’s rivers are damned by dams: Plans are drawn …

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[28 Nov 2019 | Topics: ]

A long exposure view of Karnali River below Shreenagar village of Humla. by Nabin Baral, Karnali Expedition

The Karnali River is the gateway to the Kailash Mandala region from the Ganges River. It provides a sacred corridor once travelled by Shiva and his wife Parvati on his way to his home in Mt. Kailash. Today, the river corridor is travelled by tens of thousands of pilgrims annually. Of the three major rivers emerging from the Nepal Himalaya—the Koshi, the Gandaki, and the Karnali—the Karnali is the only …