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Small Hydro, supported by the International Finance Corporation, blocking Langarica River in a national park in Albania . by Cornelia Wieser

As You, probably, know the main factor preventing rivers in EU to achieve “good ecological status” prescribed by the Water Framework Directive is “hydro-morphological alteration”, in other words – dams, dykes and other water infrastructure. One would expect, that policies of EU countries would be directed at removing and reducing this threat. Reality is shocking:

Europe’s rivers are damned by dams: Plans are drawn …

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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 …

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[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 …

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[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 …

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[15 Oct 2019 | Topics: ]

Conference Proceedings Download here

On October 8-9, 2019, the International Association of River Keepers “Eco-TIRAS” in partnership with the Institute of Zoology and in collaboration with the Faculty of Natural Geography of the Pridnestrovian State University named after TG Shevchenko organized a conference with international participation “The Impact of Hydropower on River Ecosystems”.

Conference Agenda download here.

Recommendations adopted by the Conference:

The conference
was attended by 120 scientists, practitioners and students from Pridnestrovie,
the Republic of Moldova, Romania, Ukraine, Sweden and the Russian Federation.
The reports presented at the conference examined various aspects …

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Dynamics of RE Annual Additions Globally. Hydro Marked as Blue, Wind as Grey and Sun as Yellow (IRENA)

As economic attractiveness of hydropower goes
down world-wide, the sector seeks to find new sources of support. Climate
funding is the single most promising opportunity for hydropower to continue
ruining rivers and forests of the planet. Therefore, we at the RwB pay close
attention to these developments and want to share with You our recent comments on
the “Draft Hydropower Standard for Climate
Bonds” issued by the Climate Bond Initiative” –  the first consistent attempt to “Climatewash”
hydro in …