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[25 Sep 2018 | Topics: ]

Kathmandu, Sept 23

The government has decided to again award the contract for development of the Budhi Gandaki Hydropower Project to China Gezhouba Group Corporation (CGGC), which has a dodgy record in Nepal and is blacklisted in other countries, without free competition.
The Cabinet meeting Friday has instructed the Energy Ministry to sign agreement for the 1200 MW project to the Chinese company which had applied for the project with the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers (OPMCM).
The OPMCM had instructed the Energy Ministry to bring a proposal …

Greening Silk Road, Solidarity »

[18 Sep 2018 | Topics: ]

DR Congo: Inga III hydropower project must be suspended until good governance guarantees. On September 18, 2018 40 Congolese organizations expressed concern over lack of transparency and democratic oversight of the Inga III hydropower project. Negotiations for the Inga III hydro dam project in the Democratic Republic of Congo are opaque and non-participatory, said 40 Congolese non-governmental organizations today. The organizations called for a moratorium on the signing of any collaboration agreement or other contracts for the Inga III project until the guarantees of good governance of the …

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[8 Sep 2018 | Topics: ]

BIG WIN IN ARMENIA
YEREVAN, August  23. /ARKA/. An Armenian government session approved  a set of amendments to the Water Code, providing for tougher guidelines for the construction of small hydropower plants (HPP).   Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources  Minister Erik Grigoryan said  the amendments include the list of rivers, including those in which rare species of fish listed in the Red Book spawn, on which construction of small hydropower plants will be banned.He said the new amendments will not have retroactive effect and will not apply to already granted licenses

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New IBRD’s Mongolia Economic Update Report "… takes a closer look at public investment programs implemented over the past five years, which surged until 2015, contributing to large increases in public finance deficits and the public debt. Mongolia needs to review and reshape its public investment policies and decision-making processes to improve efficiency of public spending, including clear project selection and prioritization criteria, as well as proper maintenance of existing assets."
The Rivers without Boundaries (RwB) International Coalition welcomes the IBRD recommendations to fully reform current harmful practices of project …

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[24 Jul 2018 | Topics: ]

Agrawal starting his protest in Haridwar [image by: Tarun Bharat Sangh]
 
GD Agrawal is in the hospital, under protective custody. It has been more than a month since he has eaten, but the frail old man is ready to give his life for the river he cares for more than anything in the world – the Ganga.
Known as Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand after he took vows to become a Hindu ascetic some years ago, Agrawal is no ordinary protestor, nor a fringe environmentalist. In his past life as an academic, …

Baikal Lake, Greening Silk Road, Selenga River, Solidarity »

[15 Jul 2018 | Topics: ]

China’s National  World Heritage Committee keeps its word! Three years ago  Dr. Du Yue, secretary general of the Chinese delegation at the World Heritage Committee Session,  listened to the RwB representative lamenting that Chinese Exim Bank was about to support the Egiin Gol Hydro Project in  Mongolia which may threaten Lake Baikal World Heritage site  and joyfully responded: “Times changed, this is unlikely to happen. And if You wait for several years, You will see China itself removing dams that affect World Heritage”. Since he was laughing, we decided that …