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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 …

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[20 Mar 2021 | Topics: ]

Photos by By Mariam Nikuradze    

Georgian Government has been slow at learning lessons from the failure of Nenskra Hydro, which construction ignited protest of Svan minority population. As Korean K-Water is struggling to get out of the Nenskra project it owns, Turkish ENKA and Norwegian “Clean Energy” initiated similarly damaging project in much more populous Rioni River Valley. this eventually evoked a thunder of popular discintent. Fearing snowballing protest the Georgian government stopped construction and promised to start risk assessments it initially neglected, but people still went to …

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[8 Mar 2021 | Topics: ]

Construction of the diversion tunnel from Lesser Zab basin to Lake Urmia

Statement by Save the Tigris Campaign Coalition

Save the Tigris
Campaign is a coalition of civil society organisations from nine countries
concerned with water justice in the Tigris-Euphrates basin. Our commitment is
to the sustainable and equitable use of water for the sustenance of all,
regardless of nationality or religion. We believe that the obstacles to this
goal are rooted in policies that emphasise competition for water resources
rather than co-operation in their management; in practices that encourage the
squandering of water, whether in agriculture or …

Greening Silk Road, Paris vaut une barrage(?), Solidarity »

[11 Feb 2021 | Topics: ]

According to the International Hydropower Association, starting in early 2021, the Swiss Government-funded three-year initiative will see IHA Sustainability, the organisation’s non-profit subdivision, work with project developers, alongside regulators, investors and civil society organisations from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. They will try to reestablish good name for “sustainable hydropower”, which is probably a hopeless business given the history of hydropower development and its current reputation in the Balkans. Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina blocked all new small hydro project applications last year, now …

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Tragedy happened in the morning of February 7. In a domino effect a glacial avalanche slipping down a mountain gorge hit smaller dam, then its debris assisted demolishing a large hydropower construction site downstream.

Increasing human intervention in ecologically sensitive Himalayan region is making it more vulnerable to climate change, environment experts said on Sunday as a glacier broke off at Joshimath in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district, triggering massive flood in the state.

The glacier burst triggered massive flood in the Dhauli Ganga river and caused large-scale devastation …

Arctic, Greening Silk Road, Kamchatka Peninsula, Solidarity »

[12 Jan 2021 | Topics: ]

Former Kamchatka Governor Ilyukhin discusses mineral exploration with Indian company representatives

The attempts of Tata Power Co. to explore Krutogorovskoye Coal Deposit at Kamchatka Peninsula has been for long seen by Russian environmental community as an irresponsible and risky enterprise. It would affect pristine natural landscapes, salmon fisheries, marine ecosystems and ancestral rights of indigenous people. In an interview with Rishika Pardikar(OZY), Eugene Simonov, the RwB’s International Coordinator, discusses how this environmental crime fits into wider efforts of Indian Government to secure its share of the Arctic fossil fuel …