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[6 Dec 2016 | Topics: ]

 
This Declaration was adopted at the Civil Society Workshop «The New Silk Belt and Road Initiative (BRI): Towards Responsible Social and Environmental Policies and Practices» held on November 18, 2016 in Moscow , Russia, and attended by 20 NGOs  from 11 countries and is open for signing\ joining by organizations and individual activists.
We, representatives of Civil Society working for sustainable development in Eurasia, see tremendous potential opportunities for our countries, but at the same time we foresee serious social and environmental challenges related to China’s "Silk Road Economic Belt …

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[2 Nov 2016 | Topics: ]

Thousands of river dolphins thrived in the Yangtze River only 50 years ago. By 1994, fewer than 100 individuals remained, and by 2006, the Yangtze dolphin had become extinct. Pollution, dam building and reckless navigation destroyed a proud branch on the tree of life in the blink of an eye. According to the 2016 Living Planet Report which WWF published last week, freshwater species may be …

Greening Silk Road, Solidarity »

[23 Sep 2016 | Topics: ]

NGOs appeal to the Board of the Green Climate Fund to abstain from large dams and do better risk assessment
 
Friends of Earth initiated an appeal to the Green Climate Fund that may become another pocket to enrich large corporations and international banks instead of becoming a vehicle for sustainable development. Consideration of large hydropower in GCF portfolio shows that the Fund is likely to slip into the traps in which previously Clean Development Mechanism and other precursors were eventually caught: supporting projects that cause serious environmental and social harm in …

Baikal Lake, Selenga River, Solidarity »

[28 Jul 2016 | Topics: ]

The World Bank Group suspended the Inga-3 Hydro Project, but, likely, there are many more projects in the WB pipeline that merit similar measures say civil society experts.

The World Bank Group on July 24 has suspended disbursements of funding to the Inga-3 Hydropower Development Technical Assistance (TA). According to the WB this follows the Government of DRC’s decision to take the project in a different strategic direction to that agreed between the World Bank and the Government in 2014. This embarrassing decision should serve as a wake-up call for …

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[22 Jun 2016 | Topics: ]

According to the Global Witness NGO  new report  the 2015 was the worst year on record for killings of land and environmental defenders – people struggling to protect their land, forests and rivers through peaceful actions, against mounting odds.
The numbers are shocking. Global Witness documented 185 killings across 16 countries, a 59% increase on 2014 and the highest annual toll on record. On average, more than three people were killed every week in 2015 – more than double the number of journalists killed in the same period.1 The worst …