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[24 Mar 2018 | Topics: ]

The International Finance Corporation (part of the World Bank Group) has published the IFC Handbook on good practice in environmental flows for hydropower projects.

The book written by top experts in the field of E-flows and edited by the IFC describes what the World Bank Group expects to be a good practice in environmental flows planning and management in hydropower projects both for single-dam, cascade of hydropower dams and at hydropower development\operations at basin-wide scale. The manual is written for investors, agencies, project managers and decision makers allowing them to …

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[14 Mar 2018 | Topics: ]

Statement on: International Day of Action for Rivers; Anti Dams Day on March 14, 2018 by the Burma Rivers Network
The Burma Rivers Network, together with ethnic communities around the country, are calling for an immediate halt to plans by the Burmese government and the multinational hydropower industrial complex to build cascades of dams on major rivers and tributaries in Burma’s ethnic conflict zones.
In a “stakeholder discussion” in Yangon in February 2018, the International Financial Cooperation (IFC) recommended against building mainstream dams on Burma’s major rivers, including the Salween and …

Baikal Lake, Selenga River »

[1 Mar 2018 | Topics: ]

The REGNUM Information Agency published results of  a public opinion poll undertaken by “Lake Baikal” Foundation and NAFI Analytical agency among local residents of Irkutsk Region and Buryatia Republic.
61% believe that environmental condition of the Lake has seriously worsened  during last 5 years., while only 2% believe it  has improved. Perception of the main factor causing degradation has the following split:
Pollution by wastewater: 75%
Forest fires: 69%
Lowering of the Lake Baikal water level: 63%
Development of the coastline: 62%
Illegal  fishing: 58%
Algal blooms of invasive species: 62%
Tourist boom: 44%
Impact from the Irkutsk …

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[12 Jan 2018 | Topics: ]

Good news came to us in the first days of this year from an unexpected source. Brazil officials announced  that the Government “should respect the views of civil society” and will abstain from new mega-dam building. This is a global trend that was theoretically predicted awhile ago and, hopefully,  is finally gaining momentum among strongest “DamNations”. Thus Brazil becomes the third BRICs country after China and Russia that limits large hydropower construction on its rivers.  Hey India, now it is Your turn!

· Brazil’s government this week announced a …

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[9 Nov 2017 | Topics: ]


The World Bank continues to support and promote large hydropower against all evidence that its negative effects have never been mitigated in most known projects. From Laos to Mongolia  and  from Pakistan  to Georgia, the World Bank promotes the technology that brings destruction to living river ecosystems and livelihoods of local population. This article is about lessons from the South East Asia.
The global rise of environmental activism against large dams in the 1990s has been increasingly countered in the new millennium through the promotion of so-called “sustainable hydropower.” The World …