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[13 Apr 2019 | Topics: ]

Large corruption scandal followed the "crowd-funding campaign" for large dams on the Indus River (Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand hydropower stations) launched by former Chief Justice of Pakistan and the new Prime Minister in 2018.

Snapshot: Instead of expediting hearings on stalled cases, the Supreme Court of Pakistan still focuses on "dam jihad". http://www.supremecourt.gov.pk/web/page.asp?id=2757
 
Script for a Tragic Comedy “Dam Jihad”:
·  The ground-breaking ceremony for the giant Diamer-Bhasha Dam has already been carried out five times in the last fifteen years. The project cost is more than USD 14 billion, it has already …

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[5 Apr 2019 | Topics: ]

 
Graph:Annual hydropower installation in MW (IRENA 2019)
 
Hydropower increase in 2018 is less than 21 GW or 17% less than in 2017 and signifies steady decline in this sector for the fifth year in a row. We have no data which part of capacity was added through modernization of old facilities, but expect it to be a sizeable share. China leads in hydropower construction both domestically and overseas. And China Hydropower Association  claimed in January that its members participate in 70% of actively developed  projects around the world. However the …

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Colombia’s prosecution is pressing criminal charges against the bosses of the Hidroituango Dam, whose recent malfunctions have caused environmental devastation for the Cauca River and its communities.
Help needed for those affected by the dam tragedy in Colombia
Investigations of irregularities around contracting, planning, and management are ongoing, and charges of contracting without fulfilling legal requirements – a criminal offence – are expected next month.
Despite an initially open process for the contracting of the dam in 2010, management claimed to have suspended the process, while continuing private discussions with EPM – Medellin’s …

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[12 Mar 2019 | Topics: ]

On March 1 we witnessed  the first globally-coordinated  international action against a Chinese bank in response to a specific Belt and Road  project, which in this case is the Batang Toru Dam in Indonesia, which if built, will have a variety of negative environmental and social impacts, including dooming a newly discovered orangutan species to extinction. SEE We Ask Bank of China Not To Kill Our Relatives!
Activists were able to deliver WALHI/ Friends of the Earth Indonesia’s letter to Bank of China in: Madrid, Brussels, London, Accra, Nairobi, Maputo, Johannesburg, …

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Hundreds of new hydropower projects are planned in the Western Balkans, as investors sought to take advantage of the huge and relatively untapped water resources in the region. Now, however, public sentiment is turning against these investments and several have been cancelled or put on hold.
In the latest development at the end of February, after thousands of people protested in the Kosovan city of Peja over plans for a series of hydropower plants on the Lumbardhi river, Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj ordered an immediate halt to construction pending …

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[4 Mar 2019 | Topics: ]

Activists in Indonesia and abroad staged a coordinated protest on March 1 to draw attention to a controversial hydroelectric project in Sumatra funded by China that threatens the world’s rarest great ape, the Tapanuli orangutan.
The activists protested out Chinese diplomatic missions and branches of state-owned Bank of China, which is funding the planned dam through loans, in cities including Jakarta, New York, Hong Kong, Manila and Johannesburg.
In Indonesia, where the $1.6 billion project is the subject of an ongoing lawsuit, activists from the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) and …