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[28 Nov 2019 | Topics: ]

A long exposure view of Karnali River below Shreenagar village of Humla. by Nabin Baral, Karnali Expedition

The Karnali River is the gateway to the Kailash Mandala region from the Ganges River. It provides a sacred corridor once travelled by Shiva and his wife Parvati on his way to his home in Mt. Kailash. Today, the river corridor is travelled by tens of thousands of pilgrims annually. Of the three major rivers emerging from the Nepal Himalaya—the Koshi, the Gandaki, and the Karnali—the Karnali is the only …

Essential Publications, Paris vaut une barrage(?), Solidarity »

[26 Nov 2019 | ]

The common understanding that hydropower is not a “climate savior” was recently supported by another solid study in a leading scientific journal.

The Environmental Defense Fund has
published a study in Environmental
Science and Technology that it says shows that hydropower “is not
always as good for the climate as broadly assumed.”

EDF said
it assessed the warming impacts over time of sustained greenhouse gas emissions
estimated from nearly 1,500 hydropower plants around the globe and looked at
the implications of future hydropower development.

EDF stated: “If minimizing climate
impacts are not a priority in the design, construction and …

Essential Publications »

[19 Nov 2019 | Topics: ]

Recently
the RwB contributed to development of a guidance
document on taking water into account when developing climate mitigation
and adaptation measures. Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA) issued the
first public version of this living document on November 15.

By crowdsourcing with national, sectoral, and civil society
partners, AGWA has synthesized a short set of recommendations to guide
countries in the choices they make in recognizing the water embedded across
sectors and climate targets. The report provides guiding principles and
recommendations for national climate planners and decision-makers to help them
ensure that they meet their goals within their national …

Solidarity, World Heritage Convention »

[18 Nov 2019 | Topics: ]

Following the submission of a complaint to the New South Wales Senate Inquiry on the Warragamba Dam, as a responsible signatory I decided to visit the dam itself. Of course, our own submission dealt with environmentally damaging projects undertaken by SMEC overseas, but looking at legendary Warragamba Dam would give me better understanding of domestic Australian context of its new project.

140-meter Dam as it is now is almost free of active public controversy, all questions are about a proposal to raise it by 14-17 meters to …

Amur Basin, Amur River, Greening Silk Road »

[11 Nov 2019 | Topics: ]

Construction site of Amazar Saw and Pulp Mill and the dam blocking the Amazar River. So far the construction of the pulp mill has been completely stalled for 10 months.

Civil society attempts to prevent the worst environmental and social impacts from Chinese-owned pulp-mill development in Zabaikalsky province scored a new important tactical victory at Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The KHI toy-manufacturing company, which previously claimed that it wants to take over management of the “highly profitable Polaris Company” (Amazar Saw and Pulp Mill in Zabaikalsky Province), have yielded …

Greening Silk Road, Solidarity »

[4 Nov 2019 | Topics: ]

Demanding justice for environmental rights defender Golfrid Siregar, citizens of the world representing more than 240 organizations from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, North America and South America delivered letters of solidarity to Indonesian embassies across the globe Photo from Indonesian embassy in Japan.

More than 240 civil society organizations, including the Rivers without Boundaries International Coalition, urged Indonesia on Thursday to investigate the extremely suspicious death of an activist who opposed the building of a hydropower dam seen as key to China’s Belt and Road Initiative in …