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[5 Sep 2020 | Topics: ]

Bisri Valley: Paradise Saved by Peoples’ Persistense

The World Bank said
it had canceled $244 million in undisbursed funds for the Bisri Dam project
in Lebanon. In a statement, the World Bank said it had notified the Lebanese
government about its decision, which takes effect immediately. It said it has
also repeatedly underscored the need for “an open, transparent and inclusive
consultative process.”  The World Bank
committed $474 million to fund the project, of which $244 million have not yet
been disbursed.

As usual the World Bank failed to identify major environmental and social risks associated with the project …

Baikal Lake, Featured, Greening Silk Road, Mongolian Great Lakes, Ob River, Onon River, Uldz River »

[29 Apr 2020 | Topics: ]

Chinese workers celebrate completion of a hydropower project in Uzbekistan. March 2020

Global Civil Society Call on Chinese Authorities to Ensure that COVID-19 Financial Relief is Not Targeted to Harmful Projects along the Belt and Road.

On April 29, 2020, the Rivers without Boundaries along with other 260 civil society groups across the world called on the Chinese government to ensure that COVID-19 related financial relief for struggling Belt and Road projects flows only to high quality investments satisfying specific criteria, and avoid bailing out projects already mired in environmental, social, biodiversity, …

Amur River, Argun River, Featured, Greening Silk Road, Shilka River, Solidarity »

[11 Jan 2020 | Topics: ]

As the RwB is still cautiously calculating what else could be done by owners and officials in futile attempts to revive hopeless project, many allies have published epitaphs on Amazar Pulp Mill. Famous former Mayor of Mogocha District and now democratic activist Dmitry Pliukhin, who invited the RwB to assess the project us in 2013, summarized losses for local community caused by the 15 years of pulp-mill construction. Greenpeace Russia published “The End of the Amazar Mill” with links to 13 other articles it has …

Featured, Greening Silk Road, Solidarity »

[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 …

Paris vaut une barrage(?), Solidarity »

[10 Dec 2019 | Topics: ]

In September the RwB Coalition published ” Our Response to the Climate Bond Initiative’s Attempt to “Climatewash” Hydropower “. Now 281 CSOs from 75 countries representing all major river basins of the world joined forces in a call to Climate Bonds Initiative to abandon proposed Standard for Hydropower, which has nothing to do with genuine climate mitigation efforts. Their statement is also available in Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, and Portuguese (note: those are earlier releases with 276 signatories). At Climate COP 25 in Madrid this issue will be raised …