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Shame on you!

The outgoing year was marked by many victories scored by Russian grassroots ecological movements such as freezing of illegal bottling plant construction at Lake Baikal, release of Orcas captured for Chinese aquariums, halting of placer gold mining in Altai Province. However ruling autocracy again and again shows inability to solve any pressing environmental problems and thus it uses repressions against protesting civil society groups and activists. On December 20 the Youth Chapter of the Russian Socio-ecological Union Issued an urgent appeal:

Stop Persecution of Eco-Activists!

Environmental activists …

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New benchmarking report finds little progress on social and environmental safeguards among key global players in hydropower

Despite the enormous diversity in
size, scale and geography of new dams being built, a relatively small number of
corporations are responsible for their construction. Thus the policies and
practices of these companies have tremendous implications for rivers and human
rights. This report provides context for this situation and features seven
in-depth case studies of dams at final stages of completion. The case studies
are evidence-based and descriptive of on the ground impacts; they cover a wide
geography, and are …

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Alberto Curamil.Pudu Media

There is always hope, especially if your friends take a stand for you. An indigenous Chilean leader who faced up to 50 years in prison walked free Friday after judges unanimously acquitted him of all charges.

Alberto Curamil, 45, was charged
with armed robbery and possession of illegal weapons, accusations that
supporters say were politically motivated and aimed at silencing his activism.
A co-defendant, Álvaro Millalén, was also acquitted.

The charges against Curamil came
after he led a move that halted the construction of hydroelectric dams on a
sacred river in southern …

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Baghdad, 12 December 2019

Salman Kairallah Al-Mansoori and Omar Kadhem Al-Amri, two Iraqi activists for human and environmental rights, have disappeared in Baghdad since December 11 and are still untraceable. They disappeared at 12 pm when they did not answer the calls of their colleagues, friends and family. The last contact with them was at 11:30, and they confirmed they are still at Al-Nawab Street in the Al-Kadhimiya area, where they went early in the morning in order to buy tents for Tahrir Square. …

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In July 2019 AIIB President promised to RwB “to be very cautious with hydropower”, it does not show in the Draft Water Sector Strategy

On December 10, 2019 eighteen civil society organizations from 12 countries of Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas submitted to the AIIB initial comments with a hope to start meaningful consultations on key environmental and social issues specific to river basin management and water infrastructure development. Full text below.

Submission to Consultations on the AIIB “Draft Water Sector Strategy”.

Introduction: Expectations

Ever since discovering that the AIIB intends to
develop a …

Paris vaut une barrage(?) » Solidarity »

In September the RwB Coalition published ” Our Response to the Climate Bond Initiative’s Attempt to “Climatewash” Hydropower “. Now 281 CSOs from 75 countries representing all major river basins of the world joined forces in a call to Climate Bonds Initiative to abandon proposed Standard for Hydropower, which has nothing to do with genuine climate mitigation efforts. Their statement is also available in Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, and Portuguese (note: those are earlier releases with 276 signatories). At Climate COP 25 in Madrid this issue will be raised …

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