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Difficult dilemmas are discussed at the 43rd World Heritage Committee session in Baku. The RwB had a chance to introduce the “Heritage Dammed” Report during debate on two World Heritage sites threatened by dams.

NGO representative prepares for intervention

From July 1 afternoon African countries (which usually vote here in one united block) are challenging key enforcement mechanisms of the World Heritage Convention contrasting it with “rights to Sustainable development”. The move is backed now by Brazil, Bahrain and Azerbaijan.  Countries of Africa want more “development benefits from heritage …

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[30 Jun 2019 | Topics: ]

The 7th
International NGO Forum on World Heritage at Risk

Baku, Azerbaijan, 29 June 2019

We, the Civil Society
Organizations who have attended the 7th International NGO Forum on World
Heritage at Risk organized by World
Heritage Watch on 29 June in Baku, Azerbaijan, coming from 19 countries in 5
continents, as active and concerned citizens dealing with Natural and Cultural
World Heritage properties at different places, would like to bring
the following to the attention of the World Heritage Committee:

Hydropower
development has caused a dramatic world-wide decline in the number of
free-flowing rivers due to haphazard planning and disregard …

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Lake Baikal – the Largest Hydropower Reservoir on Earth

The RwB and World Heritage Watch presents the final complete version of the “Heritage Dammed” Report, dedicated to protection of natural freshwater ecosystems. This colorful report contains contributions from 30 civil society organizations (CSOs), experts and dam-affected communities around the world.

The Report documents how water infrastructure plays key role in degrading aquatic ecosystems at more than 50 World Heritage properties, of which 42 sites are threatened by hydropower.  Fourteen in-depth case studies illustrate and analyze the global threat to the rivers, …

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[25 May 2019 | Topics: ]

Eugene Simonov presents findings and recommendations of the “Heritage Dammed” Report.
After the RwB  coordinator delivered a presentation at the World Hydropower Congress (photo above), a representative of the Three Gorges Corporation made a statement, on which the RwB issued a press-release published by the HydroWorld:
The Rivers without Boundaries (RwB) coalition reports that the China Three Gorges Corporation has announced its commitment to protect World Heritage Sites and its reasons behind not bidding on the Stiegler’s Gorge hydropower plant in Selous Game Reserve, a World Heritage Site in Tanzania.
After this statement, …

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Picture: Free-flowing Amur-Heilong River forming Sino-Russian border (Taipinggou National Nature reserve)

The "Heritage Dammed" Preliminary Report released by the Rivers without Boundaries International Coalition (RwB) and World Heritage Watch contains contributions from 25 CSOs, experts and affected communities around the world.  LINK to the Report.

THE KEY MESSAGES:
– Freshwater ecosystems have become the most threatened part of the Planet’s biodiversity. Water infrastructures: dams, dykes and canals play key role in degrading aquatic ecosystems. They forever change natural morphology and hydrology patterns of rivers and lakes, half of freshwater ecoregions globally are already …

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[13 Apr 2019 | Topics: ]

WHY GREEN BRI SURVEY?
The Belt and Road Initiative of China (BRI) is associated with substantial environmental and social risks which are yet to be properly managed. Civil society organizations\activists in many countries monitor China overseas investment and are trying to push it towards greater sustainability and prevent negative impacts on sensitive natural areas and vulnerable populations whose livelihoods depend on ecosystem services. As the most comprehensive of all "sustainability" policies published by China to address its overseas activities, the "Guidance on Promoting Green Belt and Road" can be used …