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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 …

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 …

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 …

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[20 Oct 2019 | Topics: ]

Fifteen people were killed and another six missing after a dam collapsed at an artisanal gold mine in a remote Siberian settlement of Shchetinkino  at dawn on October 19  in the latest deadly accident to hit Russia.

Crime scene by Vesti.ru. Temporary living quarters of gold miners were not designed to withstand mudflood

The Rivers without Boundaries International Coalition since 2008 has been calling on authorities of Russia and Mongolia to follow example of adjacent provinces of Northeast China and phase out placer gold mining in rivers as dangerous, outdated and …