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[31 Dec 2019 | Topics: ]

Disclaimer: This is Amur River between Russia and China, not in Chile

We got this Christmas card from our friends in the Americas and happy to share it with you as New Year gift! Our friends managed to publish this card in the New York Times and, besides spectacular free -flowing rivers, it features our report “HERITAGE DAMMED“.

Have fun , protect our rivers!!! Yours, RwB

The rivers of Chilean Patagonia cascade from snow-capped mountains through sheer rock facades and rolling hills, radiating bright turquoise, deep blues and vivid greens. …

Solidarity »

[24 Dec 2019 | Topics: ]

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 …

Essential Publications, Greening Silk Road, Solidarity »

[19 Dec 2019 | Topics: ]

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 …

Solidarity »

[13 Dec 2019 | Topics: ]

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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[10 Dec 2019 | Topics: ]

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 …

Essential Publications, Featured, Paris vaut une barrage(?), Solidarity »

Small Hydro, supported by the International Finance Corporation, blocking Langarica River in a national park in Albania . by Cornelia Wieser

As You, probably, know the main factor preventing rivers in EU to achieve “good ecological status” prescribed by the Water Framework Directive is “hydro-morphological alteration”, in other words – dams, dykes and other water infrastructure. One would expect, that policies of EU countries would be directed at removing and reducing this threat. Reality is shocking:

Europe’s rivers are damned by dams: Plans are drawn …