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A baby-sturgeon caught in Rioni River (Photo by Flora and Fauna International)

Today the World Heritage Committee inscribed the Colchic Rainforests and Wetlands, Georgia, on the World Heritage List as a unique ecosystem hosting outstanding biodiversity.

The Decision states that the Colchic Rainforests and Wetlands are relict forests, which have survived the glacial cycles of the ice age. The peatlands of the Colchis mire region, which are closely interlinked with lowland Colchic rainforests, also reflect the mild and extremely humid conditions there. These allow for the existence of percolation bogs, the …

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Irkutsk Hydro inside the City of Irkutsk, powerplant owned by the En+Group, nowadays being used to convert Lake Baikal into flood-control reservoir to safeguard from flooding illegally built facilities in the Angara River floodplain

On July 23 the 44th Session of the World Heritage Committee, held at Fuzhou in China, unanimously approved (without discussion) a new Decision on the Lake Baikal – the most troubled property of the Russian Federation. As an observer at the Session, Eugene Simonov, Coordinator of the Rivers without Boundaries …

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Devastation of the Rufiji River valley by the Julius Nyerere hydropower dam construction at the heart of the Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania. February 2021

On July 19th, the majority of the World Heritage Committee Members refuted the World Heritage Centre’s recommendation to de-list the property damaged severely and deliberately by construction of a hydropower reservoir on the Rufiji River. Instead many of them congratulated the State Party of Tanzania for its relentless efforts in safeguarding the Selous Game Reserve while pursuing “sustainable development”.

Amendments to the draft decision corrupting the spirit …

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A
wetland refuge on the Russia-Mongolia border

The Landscapes
of Dauria is a UNESCO site home to some of Inner Asia’s most charismatic
wildlife, but is threatened by Mongolia’s Blue Horse programme of water
infrastructure projects

  Eugene Simonov   The Third Pole. June 8, 2021  

Editor’s note: This is the second
in a two-part series on Mongolia’s Blue Horse water infrastructure programme.
Read the first article here

The
ever-changing Torey Lakes are a wetland paradise. Two large lakes and more than
300 smaller bodies of water in the Torey Depression support 305 bird species and 42 mammal species, as well as
reptiles, …

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Commentary to Mongabay by Gary Lee | Sarinee Achavanuntakul | Eugene Simonov

This month’s World Heritage
meeting represents a critical opportunity for the UNESCO World Heritage
Committee (WHC) to protect rivers and the World Heritage sites and
cultures that depend on them.The WHC is charged with protecting
sites around the world deemed of the highest cultural and natural values.
The increasing impact of dams on World Heritage sites has prompted …

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Georgian woman at the “Iron Wall” dividing the Rioni River valley

On June 5th, the day of Environmental Protection the Rivers without Boundaries International Coalition congratulates all people protecting their rivers around the world. If we are allowed to choose a place and movement today that symbolizes this noble task, we want to highlight a marathon fight of the people of Georgia against the destructive and irresponsible hydropower construction projects pursued by consecutive corrupt governments. Georgian government failed to build Khudoni Hydro, Nenskra Hydro and several other megaprojects due to popular …

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