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Georgian woman at the “Iron Wall” dividing the Rioni River valley

On June 5th, the day of Environmental Protection the Rivers without Boundaries International Coalition congratulates all people protecting their rivers around the world. If we are allowed to choose a place and movement today that symbolizes this noble task, we want to highlight a marathon fight of the people of Georgia against the destructive and irresponsible hydropower construction projects pursued by consecutive corrupt governments. Georgian government failed to build Khudoni Hydro, Nenskra Hydro and several other megaprojects due to popular …

Featured, Greening Silk Road, Kherlen River, Solidarity »

[26 May 2021 | ]

Kherlen River in Mongolia (flowing to Dalainor Lake Ramsar wetland in China) is threatened by damming and water transfer to supply coal mining enterprises in Gobi Desert

Banks called
upon to take action to protect biodiversity ahead of UN Biodiversity Conference
in Kunming

Today, 24
organisations and civil society alliances based in 16 countries sent an open
letter to 55 private sector banks globally, calling on them to take
concrete action to help protect biodiversity and safeguard the rights of
Indigenous and local communities. (1)

The signatories
seek commitments from banks to adopt a “No Go” policy for high biodiversity …

Solidarity, World Heritage Convention »

[20 May 2021 | Topics: ]

Hydro-engineering war against nature and people has further escalated in the Tigris River Basin. In 2020 Turkey completed infamous Ilisu Hydropower project (see “Test killing” of Tigris River by Turkish Authorities Has Started ), while in early 2021 Iran diverted part of Lesser Zab River to replenish Urmia Lake (see Water Transfer Projects Threaten the Lesser Zab River in Iraq! ). Responding to these external threats the Government of Iraq has re-initiated work to expand Makhoul Dam on Tigris river to hold additional 3 cubic kilometers of water. …

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[9 May 2021 | Topics: ]

One of the most striking speeches of the recently concluded 20th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues was the address delivered by the Vice President of the Far Eastern Federal District chapter of the Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and Far East of the Russian Federation. Liubov Odzyal spoke on the challenges many northern Indigenous Peoples are facing globally nowadays, including those in Kamchatka. The issue is the large-scale destruction of salmon, the foundation of Indigenous Peoples’ wellbeing. «Kamchatka.Live» is publishing the full text …

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[17 Apr 2021 | Topics: ]

Iranian Environmentalists Mark
International Day Against Water Transfer

17 April 2021

By the People’s
Campaign to Save the Kind Zagros, supporter of Save
the Tigris Campaign

Iranian
environmentalists annually celebrate the International Day Against Water
Transfer on 17 April, or 28 Favardin, according to the Persian calendar. Water
transfers between watersheds are common practice in Iran. They have been
regarded as one of the most effective ways to reduce water scarcity, as many
Iranian politicians have advocated. Such water scarcity is caused by the
differences in distribution of water resources, population growth, and damage
caused by floods and droughts. The reality, however, is …

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[8 Apr 2021 | Topics: ]

On the Criminalization of Civil Society Activists in the Russian Federation

We, the Civil Society Organizations who have attended the 9th International NGO Forum on World Heritage at Risk organized by World Heritage Watch online from 22-24 February 2021, as active and concerned citizens dealing with Natural and Cultural World Heritage properties at different places, would like to bring the following to the attention of the World Heritage Committee: We have been informed about unprecedented pressure on the activists of the non-governmental organization Ecodefense! by the Russian State Party responsible …