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[28 Sep 2021 | Topics: ]

For many months peoples’ movements of Georgia assisted by highly efficient Georgian NGOs have been fighting a serious battle against a new megadam project conceived by Georgian Government, Norwegian Clean Energy Group and Turkish ENKA. The last important reinforcement came from scientists and conservation officials who helped to list sturgeons of Rioni river as the key value of World Heritage property “Colkheni Forests and Wetlands”. And finally the project started falling apart…

The Turkish builder of what was supposed to be the largest energy project in independent Georgia’s history has announced …

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[19 Sep 2021 | Topics: ]

A Cannibal Tasked with Writing “Responsible Eating Guidelines” Faces Natural Difficulties…

It has been almost two weeks since the International Hydropower Association (IHA) announced its “historic commitment” not to build dams inside the World Heritage areas. It became about the last in the long line of industries who have been convinced by the World Heritage Center to declare such a commitment. In the explanatory FAQ document the IHA even says that when creating dams in the same basins but outside World Heritage “the focus should be on avoiding and …

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[24 Aug 2021 | Topics: ]

Bloomberg  

Remove dams in the Giant Salamander Reserve (poster)

As President Xi Jinping calls for greater environmental protection, officials are eager to demolish badly-planned dams. But the country will need vast amounts of clean hydroelectric power to meet its net-zero goal.

China is trying to wean its massive economy off coal and fossil fuels to meet its ambitious goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2060. So why is it trying to shut down as many as 40,000 hydropower plants?

Yebatan Hydro Construction on Jinsha (Upper Yangtze) River. 2018

The answer lies deep in the …

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[10 Aug 2021 | Topics: ]

Zun Torey Lake (now inside Daursky Zapovednik core zone) . by Bart Wickel

State Strict Scientific Nature Reserve (Zapovednik) Daursky has been expanded by Governmental Decree #1301 issued on August 4, 2021.

The area of the strictly protect area has been expanded from 45 000 hectares to 84 000 ha (more than by 80%) by adding 11 new adjacent land plots in grassland and wetland ecosystems in Ononsky and Borzinsky districts of Zabaikalsky Province (Kray).

Maps of Daursky SSNR and adjacent protected areas.Left: Red- old strictly protected zones (45000 ha), Yellow – …

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[30 Jul 2021 | Topics: ]

Dams threatening Lake Baikal and five other iconic areas are featured in a new report by Friends of the Earth US “World Heritage Forever? How Banks Can Protect the World’s Most Iconic Cultural and Natural Sites”.

Baikal Seal

The report is examining how the international banking sector lacks strong policies and practices to protect World Heritage and other internationally recognized sites. Drawing on six case studies, the report calls on financial institutions to adopt the Banks and Biodiversity No Go policy, which …

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[29 Jul 2021 | Topics: ]

Given tragic situation with river ecosystem protection  in the realm of the World Heritage Convention,  we want to bring to attention of Your delegations a concise brief detailing our findings and recommendations. We hope that Your Country will be able to promote strengthening freshwater ecosystem conservation. Rivers without Boundaries Coalition would be happy to explore opportunities to assist Your country’s efforts to protect rivers under this convention. See Part I Heritage Dammed Trends. See Part II CSOs’ Intervention. Part III – Recommendations – below (and in original …