Category: <span>Central Asia</span>

The World Bank Response: Megadams is the New Bretton Woods’ Answer to Climate Change

 In March 2024 17 civil society groups sent an appeal to the World Bank and 10 more international banks and funds urging them to rethink approach to the Rogun Hydro in Tajikistan. After 40 days of silence The World Bank issued a detailed response which, instead of answering specific questions …

A new phase of the Qosh Tepa Canal construction sparks concerns over Central Asia’s water resources

Recent satellite images analyzed by specialists from the international environmental coalition “Rivers without Boundaries” have confirmed the resumption of construction work on the Qosh Tepa canal, a project initiated by the Taliban in northern Afghanistan. This development, coupled with the potential impact on water resources in the region, raises concerns …

Civil Society Organizations appeal to international banks and funds urging them to rethink approach to the Rogun Hydro in Tajikistan

Today on the 27th International Day of Action for Rivers we make public the appeal by international and local CSOs which was sent to the World Bank and 15 other financiers – members of the “Rogun Coordination Group”. This blog republished from the Coalition for Human rights in Development explains …

Hydroelectric power station in Amu Darya basin threatens Red Book fish species

February 12, 2024 The 14th Conference of the Parties (COP14) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) commenced on February 12 in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, amid heightened concerns raised by environmental groups over the peril facing various species due to the extensive construction of dams …

The Rogun HPP project completion deserves a broad public discussion

PRESS RELEASE, January 24, 2024. The fateful and ecologically significant for the whole of Central Asia decision to complete the Rogun hydropower plant on the Vakhsh River in the Amu Darya basin may be made without taking into account the opinion of all stakeholders, in a mode closed from the …

Hydro-power poses mortal threats to the UNESCO World Heritage property in Kyrgyzstan

The international environmental coalition “Rivers without Boundaries” has raised alarms over the potential destruction of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kyrgyzstan. The organization has appealed to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee and the International Union for Conservation of Nature, expressing concern about the Kyrgyz government’s proposal to exclude the …