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A Parallel Event organized by Civil Society Organizations,
coinciding with the 2019 World Hydropower Congress
Save the Date: May 13, 2019
Hosted by: Town Hall of the 6th Arrondissement, Mairie du VIe, 78 rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris, France
Co-Organizers: Planète Amazone, GegenStrömung/CounterCurrent, Rivers without Boundaries, International Rivers, AIDA

Introduction
This 2019 World Hydropower Congress (WHC), convened by the International Hydropower Association – IHA will take place in Paris from May 14th – 16th. According to the IHA, this year’s congress will focus on hydropower’s role in “Delivering the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable …

Amur Basin, Baikal Lake, Featured, Greening Silk Road, Kamchatka Peninsula, Selenga River, Shilka River, Solidarity, Torey Lakes, Yenisey Basin »

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 …

Angara River, Baikal Lake, Selenga River »

[23 Apr 2019 | Topics: ]

 
by Anson Mackay 22 April 2019
Mongolia is hoping a massive dam on its largest river could provide much needed power and water for the country’s booming mining industry. However, environmental groups are concerned that the hydroelectric power plant and a related pipeline project will do immeasurable environmental damage to oldest and deepest freshwater body in the world: Lake Baikal.
As Baikal sits just over the border in Russia, Mongolia risks seriously annoying its northern neighbor at a time when the lake is already experiencing problems with invasive algae along its …

Greening Silk Road, Solidarity »

[13 Apr 2019 | Topics: ]

Large corruption scandal followed the "crowd-funding campaign" for large dams on the Indus River (Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand hydropower stations) launched by former Chief Justice of Pakistan and the new Prime Minister in 2018.

Snapshot: Instead of expediting hearings on stalled cases, the Supreme Court of Pakistan still focuses on "dam jihad". http://www.supremecourt.gov.pk/web/page.asp?id=2757
 
Script for a Tragic Comedy “Dam Jihad”:
·  The ground-breaking ceremony for the giant Diamer-Bhasha Dam has already been carried out five times in the last fifteen years. The project cost is more than USD 14 billion, it has already …

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[5 Apr 2019 | Topics: ]

 
Graph:Annual hydropower installation in MW (IRENA 2019)
 
Hydropower increase in 2018 is less than 21 GW or 17% less than in 2017 and signifies steady decline in this sector for the fifth year in a row. We have no data which part of capacity was added through modernization of old facilities, but expect it to be a sizeable share. China leads in hydropower construction both domestically and overseas. And China Hydropower Association  claimed in January that its members participate in 70% of actively developed  projects around the world. However the …

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Colombia’s prosecution is pressing criminal charges against the bosses of the Hidroituango Dam, whose recent malfunctions have caused environmental devastation for the Cauca River and its communities.
Help needed for those affected by the dam tragedy in Colombia
Investigations of irregularities around contracting, planning, and management are ongoing, and charges of contracting without fulfilling legal requirements – a criminal offence – are expected next month.
Despite an initially open process for the contracting of the dam in 2010, management claimed to have suspended the process, while continuing private discussions with EPM – Medellin’s …