Category: <span>Essential Publications</span>

Freshwater ecosystems wiped out in the Climate’s Name: a new study on hydropower frenzy in Europe.

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 …

South Asian countries join forces to destroy the last free-flowing river of Nepal

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. …

EDF: In the first decade a hydrodam could cause more warming than a coal-fired power plant

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 …

Watering the NDCs: New Guidance Document on Water’s Role in National Climate Planning

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 …

International Conference on Hydropower Impacts Held in Dniester River Basin

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 …

Our Response to the Climate Bond Initiative’s Attempt to “Climatewash” Hydropower

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 …