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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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Lake Baikal – the Largest Hydropower Reservoir on Earth

The RwB and World Heritage Watch presents the final complete version of the “Heritage Dammed” Report, dedicated to protection of natural freshwater ecosystems. This colorful report contains contributions from 30 civil society organizations (CSOs), experts and dam-affected communities around the world.

The Report documents how water infrastructure plays key role in degrading aquatic ecosystems at more than 50 World Heritage properties, of which 42 sites are threatened by hydropower.  Fourteen in-depth case studies illustrate and analyze the global threat to the rivers, …

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[22 May 2019 | Topics: ]

It is always soothing to republish articles which reflect wider acceptance of your own views.  This is the case with a piece by  Wang Jiamei of the Global Times published on April 24 2019

Photo: chilren crossing a bridge over Budhi-Gandaki River in Arughat settlement to be submerged by Budhi Gandaki HPP. RwB
With the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the importance of the water conservancy sector in infrastructure construction has been well recognized in the global arena. However, despite ample development opportunities, there are still enormous risks and …

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Picture: Free-flowing Amur-Heilong River forming Sino-Russian border (Taipinggou National Nature reserve)

The "Heritage Dammed" Preliminary Report released by the Rivers without Boundaries International Coalition (RwB) and World Heritage Watch contains contributions from 25 CSOs, experts and affected communities around the world.  LINK to the Report.

THE KEY MESSAGES:
– Freshwater ecosystems have become the most threatened part of the Planet’s biodiversity. Water infrastructures: dams, dykes and canals play key role in degrading aquatic ecosystems. They forever change natural morphology and hydrology patterns of rivers and lakes, half of freshwater ecoregions globally are already …

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[23 Apr 2019 | Topics: ]

 
by Anson Mackay 22 April 2019
Mongolia is hoping a massive dam on its largest river could provide much needed power and water for the country’s booming mining industry. However, environmental groups are concerned that the hydroelectric power plant and a related pipeline project will do immeasurable environmental damage to oldest and deepest freshwater body in the world: Lake Baikal.
As Baikal sits just over the border in Russia, Mongolia risks seriously annoying its northern neighbor at a time when the lake is already experiencing problems with invasive algae along its …

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[14 Mar 2019 | Topics: ]

To:  Director, UNESCO World Heritage Center
CC: IUCN World Heritage Department.

RwB presents an NGO address on  dams threatening World Heritage 2018 World Heritage Committee session , Bahrain . See Do Dams Damage World Heritage ?
 
The  Greenpeace Russia and Rivers without Boundaries International Coalition (RwB) have serious concerns about the implementation of the World Heritage Committee decisions by the State Party of Russia for the Lake Baikal World Heritage Site.
Recently L. Baikal has been the arena of many changes in legal regulations and enforcement activities, most of them having …