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Amur-Heilong River at proposed Taipinggou Dam site. Photo by Taipinggou National Nature reserve

New article titled “Freshwater Ecosystems versus Hydropower Development” published in the MDPI journal “Water” shows practical directions for sustainable hydropower planning, suggesting much more tangible and straightforward ways to avoid and reduce dam impacts, than those suggested in “ESG gap analysis tool” developed by International Hydropower Association.

Hydropower development inevitably causes
a multitude of negative effects on freshwater ecosystems, and to prevent and
minimize possible damage, environmental impact assessments must be conducted
and optimal management scenarios designed. This paper, written by …

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[31 Aug 2019 | Topics: ]

South Africa’s Bonang Power and Energy has been courting Ugandan elite and seeking hydropower contracts at least from 2015. Thus its web-site refers to official report of the Uganda State Palace on talks between the country’s President Yoweri and a delegation of an International Consortium of Companies from Russia and South Africa on May 29, 2015. The Russian based energy company – Gidroenergostroy (the RwB failed to identify specific company involved), along with Bonang Power and Energy Ltd from South Africa, were expected to establish additional generating capacity of 200 …

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[27 Aug 2019 | Topics: ]

Brazil has included four hydropower plants among the projects that will receive support as part of the country’s investment partnerships program, called “Programa de Parcerias de Investimentos” or PPI. 

According to BNamericas, the
government’s support will come in the form of environmental licensing studies
for the 650-MW Bem Querer, 140-MW Castanheira, 118-MW Telemaco Borba and 430-MW
Tabajara plants, fulfilling President Jair Bolsonaro’s campaign promise to
speed up the environmental licensing processes for large hydro plants.

Bem Querer, located in the Amazonas
river in Roraima state, is considered critical to Brazil’s energy security.
Roraima is the only state not …

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[10 Aug 2019 | Topics: ]

Classic image of Nessie and her habitat

The Times reported  that famed habitat of Nessie – the monster of the Loch Ness lake in Scotland is no longer threatened by large water infrastructure scheme.. Legendary monster may continue to enjoy unspoiled scenery and  hide its secrets at the bottom of famed lake.

Plans for a hydropower scheme that involves building a huge reservoir have been rejected after a councillor said he could not overlook the Whaley Bridge dam failure in Derbyshire (which lead to evacuation of 6500 residents due to …

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Former Mongolian Energy Minister M.Sonompil was sentenced to four years in prison over the abuse of power on Wednesday, 24 July 2019.

M.Sonompil worked as Energy Minister between 2012 and 2016. Those were decisive years when energy development in Mongolia fell victim of corruption and political favors. Instead of pursuing less ambitious and expensive projects in improving overall energy system, rehabilitating and upgrading existing facilities and developing true renewables, the country’s elite was favoring white elephants such as 10GW Shivee-Ovoo Thermal power plant, Ulaan Baatar CHPP #5, Baganuur Thermal Power …

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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, …