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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 …

Greening Silk Road, Solidarity, World Heritage Convention »

[20 Jul 2021 | ]

Devastation of the Rufiji River valley by the Julius Nyerere hydropower dam construction at the heart of the Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania. February 2021

On July 19th, the majority of the World Heritage Committee Members refuted the World Heritage Centre’s recommendation to de-list the property damaged severely and deliberately by construction of a hydropower reservoir on the Rufiji River. Instead many of them congratulated the State Party of Tanzania for its relentless efforts in safeguarding the Selous Game Reserve while pursuing “sustainable development”.

Amendments to the draft decision corrupting the spirit …

Greening Silk Road, Solidarity, World Heritage Convention »

[17 Jul 2021 | Topics: ]

Commentary to Mongabay by Gary Lee | Sarinee Achavanuntakul | Eugene Simonov

This month’s World Heritage
meeting represents a critical opportunity for the UNESCO World Heritage
Committee (WHC) to protect rivers and the World Heritage sites and
cultures that depend on them.The WHC is charged with protecting
sites around the world deemed of the highest cultural and natural values.
The increasing impact of dams on World Heritage sites has prompted …

Greening Silk Road, Paris vaut une barrage(?), Solidarity »

Georgian woman at the “Iron Wall” dividing the Rioni River valley

On June 5th, the day of Environmental Protection the Rivers without Boundaries International Coalition congratulates all people protecting their rivers around the world. If we are allowed to choose a place and movement today that symbolizes this noble task, we want to highlight a marathon fight of the people of Georgia against the destructive and irresponsible hydropower construction projects pursued by consecutive corrupt governments. Georgian government failed to build Khudoni Hydro, Nenskra Hydro and several other megaprojects due to popular …

Featured, Greening Silk Road, Kherlen River, Solidarity »

[26 May 2021 | ]

Kherlen River in Mongolia (flowing to Dalainor Lake Ramsar wetland in China) is threatened by damming and water transfer to supply coal mining enterprises in Gobi Desert

Banks called
upon to take action to protect biodiversity ahead of UN Biodiversity Conference
in Kunming

Today, 24
organisations and civil society alliances based in 16 countries sent an open
letter to 55 private sector banks globally, calling on them to take
concrete action to help protect biodiversity and safeguard the rights of
Indigenous and local communities. (1)

The signatories
seek commitments from banks to adopt a “No Go” policy for high biodiversity …

Solidarity, World Heritage Convention »

[20 May 2021 | Topics: ]

Hydro-engineering war against nature and people has further escalated in the Tigris River Basin. In 2020 Turkey completed infamous Ilisu Hydropower project (see “Test killing” of Tigris River by Turkish Authorities Has Started ), while in early 2021 Iran diverted part of Lesser Zab River to replenish Urmia Lake (see Water Transfer Projects Threaten the Lesser Zab River in Iraq! ). Responding to these external threats the Government of Iraq has re-initiated work to expand Makhoul Dam on Tigris river to hold additional 3 cubic kilometers of water. …