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Hundreds of new hydropower projects are planned in the Western Balkans, as investors sought to take advantage of the huge and relatively untapped water resources in the region. Now, however, public sentiment is turning against these investments and several have been cancelled or put on hold.
In the latest development at the end of February, after thousands of people protested in the Kosovan city of Peja over plans for a series of hydropower plants on the Lumbardhi river, Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj ordered an immediate halt to construction pending …

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Activists in Indonesia and abroad staged a coordinated protest on March 1 to draw attention to a controversial hydroelectric project in Sumatra funded by China that threatens the world’s rarest great ape, the Tapanuli orangutan.
The activists protested out Chinese diplomatic missions and branches of state-owned Bank of China, which is funding the planned dam through loans, in cities including Jakarta, New York, Hong Kong, Manila and Johannesburg.
In Indonesia, where the $1.6 billion project is the subject of an ongoing lawsuit, activists from the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) and …

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Around 10,000 members of the Kachin community on Thursday, Feb 7,  staged a protest march in Kachin State’s Myitkyina calling for termination of dam projects both upstream and downstream on the Irrawaddy River. While Myanmar is bound to suffer serious environmental impacts if the Myitsone Dam project goes ahead, China will take 90 percent of the electricity produced, lead protester Steven Naw Awng said, explaining the reason behind the rally. “The mega dam is not for us. But we will lose our lives and property …

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Interesting media project “My River is Yours” has been posted on the web this week.It is dedicated to local perceptions of transboundary river management –subject largely neglected in North Eurasia. Some RwB experts took part in discussions:

“China has different water-management relations along the border with each one of the countries it shares water with. This ranges from a highly developed, although poorly executed system of agreements with the Russian Federation to a total mess in Southeast Asia with neighbors like Myanmar, where there are no agreements at all,” says …

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First phase of blasting operation was carried out by military at Bureya Reservoir blocked by landslide  last December.
  This is the site viewed from space on January 21, the day before blasting.
 

This is the first blast on January 22 that took 10 tons of explosives.

The operation attracted a lot of attention from the media.

Head of local Russian Orthodox Church arrived to assist removal of the debris blocking the river.

This is the landslide site on January 23, the day after the blasts…Please, compare with …

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The International Hydropower Association published a cheerful blog entry showing almost exponential increase in hydropower capacity:

Source: IHA 
“Not long after the turn of the century, hydropower development gained a renewed momentum, particularly across Asia and South America. Between 2000 and 2017, nearly 500 GW in hydropower installed capacity was added worldwide, with growth since 2010 already outstripping that recorded in the first decade of the century.
Developing countries, including Brazil and China, needed an affordable, reliable and a sustainable source of electricity to support rapid economic growth. Since 2000, China has more …

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