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[29 Jul 2019 | Topics: ]

View of filling from the Ilisu Dam

Satellite image by Sentinel Hub.

The Turkish government has started filling the controversial Ilisu Dam Reservoir on the Tigris River in the Kurdish Southeast of Turkey. Photos shared on social media from the 23rd July 2019 showed how a road along the Tigris River just upstream of the dam has been flooded. New photos from  25th July 2019, show how the water level continues to rise and the reservoir now has a length of several km.

Neither the responsible state agency, the …

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[23 Jul 2019 | Topics: ]

Work in Progress

Notes of Eco-Pilgrim
by Eugene Simonov

RwB’s Eugene Simonov spent his “Tigris River Solidarity Day” at Selune River in Normandy, where two dams are being decommissioned to restore ecosystem and spawning paths of Atlantic Salmon. These are his notes from this trip.

The hydroelectric dams
of La Roche-qui-boit and Vezins were built on the Sélune in 1914 and 1927
respectively. They constitute an insurmountable obstacle for migratory fish
that frequent this coastal river. Given the severe impacts, the unfulfilled regulatory
obligations made previously to bring them up to standard, water quality
problems generated by reservoirs, …

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[15 Jul 2019 | Topics: ]

Resistance continues against Ilisu Dam!

Hasankeyf, July 14

Following a call by the Initiative to Keep Alive (HYG) and the Mesopotamia Ecology Movement (MEM) for the “Big Jump” ecology activists in Hasankeyf, Turkey and the world protested the controversial Ilisu Dam on the 14th of July. This action day is the continuation of the growing activities of the last 1,5 months against the Ilisu Dam which is almost ready for the filling of its reservoir.

The most actions have been done within Turkey which is a positive development as it shows the …

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Difficult dilemmas are discussed at the 43rd World Heritage Committee session in Baku. The RwB had a chance to introduce the “Heritage Dammed” Report during debate on two World Heritage sites threatened by dams.

NGO representative prepares for intervention

From July 1 afternoon African countries (which usually vote here in one united block) are challenging key enforcement mechanisms of the World Heritage Convention contrasting it with “rights to Sustainable development”. The move is backed now by Brazil, Bahrain and Azerbaijan.  Countries of Africa want more “development benefits from heritage …

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[30 Jun 2019 | Topics: ]

The RwB Guide to the 43rd WH Committee Session, 2019

Vice-president of Azerbaidzhan Alieva opens the World heritage Committee Session

The 43rd Session of the World Heritage
Committee is opening today in Baku, Azerbaijan. This is an overview of most
pressing river and dam related issues planned for review or voiced by NGOs.

The 6th International NGO Forum on
World Heritage was be held on June 29th with participation of
representatives of World Heritage Center, IUCN, ICOMOS and many civil society
groups involved in conservation efforts in Africa, Australia, Asia, and the
Americas.  Forum discussed impacts of
climate change and …

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[30 Jun 2019 | Topics: ]

The 7th
International NGO Forum on World Heritage at Risk

Baku, Azerbaijan, 29 June 2019

We, the Civil Society
Organizations who have attended the 7th International NGO Forum on World
Heritage at Risk organized by World
Heritage Watch on 29 June in Baku, Azerbaijan, coming from 19 countries in 5
continents, as active and concerned citizens dealing with Natural and Cultural
World Heritage properties at different places, would like to bring
the following to the attention of the World Heritage Committee:

Hydropower
development has caused a dramatic world-wide decline in the number of
free-flowing rivers due to haphazard planning and disregard …