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[18 Sep 2018 | Topics: ]

DR Congo: Inga III hydropower project must be suspended until good governance guarantees. On September 18, 2018 40 Congolese organizations expressed concern over lack of transparency and democratic oversight of the Inga III hydropower project. Negotiations for the Inga III hydro dam project in the Democratic Republic of Congo are opaque and non-participatory, said 40 Congolese non-governmental organizations today. The organizations called for a moratorium on the signing of any collaboration agreement or other contracts for the Inga III project until the guarantees of good governance of the …

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[24 Jul 2018 | Topics: ]

Agrawal starting his protest in Haridwar [image by: Tarun Bharat Sangh]
 
GD Agrawal is in the hospital, under protective custody. It has been more than a month since he has eaten, but the frail old man is ready to give his life for the river he cares for more than anything in the world – the Ganga.
Known as Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand after he took vows to become a Hindu ascetic some years ago, Agrawal is no ordinary protestor, nor a fringe environmentalist. In his past life as an academic, …

Baikal Lake, Greening Silk Road, Selenga River, Solidarity »

[15 Jul 2018 | Topics: ]

China’s National  World Heritage Committee keeps its word! Three years ago  Dr. Du Yue, secretary general of the Chinese delegation at the World Heritage Committee Session,  listened to the RwB representative lamenting that Chinese Exim Bank was about to support the Egiin Gol Hydro Project in  Mongolia which may threaten Lake Baikal World Heritage site  and joyfully responded: “Times changed, this is unlikely to happen. And if You wait for several years, You will see China itself removing dams that affect World Heritage”. Since he was laughing, we decided that …

Baikal Lake, Gobi Groundwater Basins, Mongolian Great Lakes, Solidarity »

[24 May 2018 | Topics: ]

Besides Shuren and Orkhon dam sub-projects, the World Bank MINIS Project oversees formation and development of three groundwater basin administrations in the vast Gobi regions of Mongolia. As everywhere else in Mongolia  Gobi water basin councils are established to provide guidance and control basin administrations. Naturally the RwB Coalition and its member OT Watch NGO applied for participation in such councils and Ms.D.Sukhgerel became a member of the Galba-Uush Doloodyn Gobi underground water basin Council.
But that lasted only till the 3rd RBA Council meeting attendance in which was to …

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[3 Mar 2018 | Topics: ]

Photo of arrested David Castillo Mejía, the executive president of the company “Desa”, which is building Agua Zarca dam on the Gualcarque river.(Ministerio Público(@MP_Honduras))
 
Honduran authorities have arrested a former military intelligence officer for masterminding the murder of the indigenous leader Berta Cáceres, who was shot dead exactly two years ago today.
David Castillo Mejía, the executive president of the company building a hydropower dam dam which Cáceres campaigned against, is the ninth person arrested for the murder, and the fourth with ties to the Honduran military.
Castillo Mejía is accused by arresting …

Angara River, Baikal Lake, Yenisey River »

[25 Oct 2017 | Topics: ]

Today, the Rivers without Boundaries International Coalition (RwB), a union of conservationists protecting aquatic ecosystems and communities depending on them, sent an appeal calling for conservation of the Lake Baikal to the Lord Barker of Battle, a new Chair of the En+Group, that combines aluminium, hydropower and coal assets. The En+ is owned by a Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska. On October 23 the En+ started a roadshow for its 1.5 billion IPO at the London Stock Exchange.
In the appeal the RwB describes the listing as an opportunity for the Company …