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[14 Apr 2018 | Topics: ]

According to the report jointly prepared by UN Environment‘s Economy Division, Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance, and Bloomberg New Energy Finance in April 2018, the share of hydropower in net additions of installed capacity in 2017 continued to shrink globally. The RwB merged the Report’s data with news from other sources to assess the situation.

(Note: "net addition" does not capture 32GW of coal-fired plants and 25GW of gas-fired plants which "replaced" decommissioned facilities)
In absence of fresh data from the IHA we compared Bloomberg figures with …

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[6 Apr 2018 | Topics: ]

Mekong River Commission Secretariat (MRCS) socioeconomic specialist Nguyen Thi Ngoc Minh said that the scenarios for 2020 and 2040 showed that if hydropower dam development in the Mekong River continues as planned, the economic benefits to the region would be overshadowed by the adverse impacts of the development.
“Development plans contribute to the economy of the region, as hydropower is expected to generate nearly half of the combined economic benefits from other sectors,  but it would cause greater impacts to other sectors as well,” Minh said.
She said that the impacts from …

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[24 Mar 2018 | Topics: ]

The International Finance Corporation (part of the World Bank Group) has published the IFC Handbook on good practice in environmental flows for hydropower projects.

The book written by top experts in the field of E-flows and edited by the IFC describes what the World Bank Group expects to be a good practice in environmental flows planning and management in hydropower projects both for single-dam, cascade of hydropower dams and at hydropower development\operations at basin-wide scale. The manual is written for investors, agencies, project managers and decision makers allowing them to …

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[23 Mar 2018 | Topics: ]

Odebrecht investigation is moving like avalanche through the world and hitting diverse collection of victims. This month in Peru it hit a president and the largest Chinese investor.
Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, implicated in a corruption scandal involving Latin America’s largest construction firm, announced his resignation on March 21st. Likely Kuczynski had nothing or very little to do with the bribing monster, at least in comparison with other politicians. For example, Peru’s former President Ollanta Humala and his wife are in prison while authorities investigate their involvement with Odebrecht.
In at …

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[17 Mar 2018 | Topics: ]

Multilateral development banks have supported no fewer than 82 hydropower projects across southeast Europe, including in protected areas, according to a study by CEE Bankwatch Network released today.
The study  finds that the number of hydropower projects in the region that enjoy financial support from multilateral development banks  and commercial banks, is even greater than previously known.
Since 2005, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), and the World Bank Group have extended loans and guarantees totalling EUR 727 million to no fewer than 82 hydropower …

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[14 Mar 2018 | Topics: ]

Statement on: International Day of Action for Rivers; Anti Dams Day on March 14, 2018 by the Burma Rivers Network
The Burma Rivers Network, together with ethnic communities around the country, are calling for an immediate halt to plans by the Burmese government and the multinational hydropower industrial complex to build cascades of dams on major rivers and tributaries in Burma’s ethnic conflict zones.
In a “stakeholder discussion” in Yangon in February 2018, the International Financial Cooperation (IFC) recommended against building mainstream dams on Burma’s major rivers, including the Salween and …