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[7 Jun 2019 | Topics: ]

3rd Global Day of Action for the defense of the 12,000 year old town Hasankeyf and the Tigris River held on June 7 and 8th, 2019. It is urgent because the Turkish government announced recently that on 10th June 2019 it will start filling the Ilisu Dam reservoir.
On 15th May, 2019 more than 100 civil organizations from Turkey, Iraq, Iran and other countries of the world released a statement calling on the Turkish government to stop the destructive Ilisu project and initiate a new process in the Tigris Valley. They …

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More than 250 civil society organizations from more than 70 countries of the world have already signed a public statement “False Promises of Hydropower” which highlights the key threats and  problems associated with dam building. The Statement is a response of civil society to the world Hydropower Congress held in Paris on May 13-16 to promote further damming of our rivers.
You can read the different versions of the Statement in Chinese, English, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian and French on this link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1E71t-G-cXoC_5XV2vBVOul86x1SsHnwV
The Statement was released in Paris, on May 13th, 2019
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A Parallel Event organized by Civil Society Organizations,
coinciding with the 2019 World Hydropower Congress
Save the Date: May 13, 2019
Hosted by: Town Hall of the 6th Arrondissement, Mairie du VIe, 78 rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris, France
Co-Organizers: Planète Amazone, GegenStrömung/CounterCurrent, Rivers without Boundaries, International Rivers, AIDA

Introduction
This 2019 World Hydropower Congress (WHC), convened by the International Hydropower Association – IHA will take place in Paris from May 14th – 16th. According to the IHA, this year’s congress will focus on hydropower’s role in “Delivering the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable …

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Picture: Free-flowing Amur-Heilong River forming Sino-Russian border (Taipinggou National Nature reserve)

The "Heritage Dammed" Preliminary Report released by the Rivers without Boundaries International Coalition (RwB) and World Heritage Watch contains contributions from 25 CSOs, experts and affected communities around the world.  LINK to the Report.

THE KEY MESSAGES:
– Freshwater ecosystems have become the most threatened part of the Planet’s biodiversity. Water infrastructures: dams, dykes and canals play key role in degrading aquatic ecosystems. They forever change natural morphology and hydrology patterns of rivers and lakes, half of freshwater ecoregions globally are already …

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[29 Apr 2019 | Topics: ]

International solidarity is demonstrated by Macedonian conservationists who dedicates her victory over Boskov Most  Hydro to the fight against destructive hydropower in Georgia.
Ana Colovic Lesoska, Executive Director of Ekosvest, CEEBankwatch’s member group in Macedonia, has led a multi-year campaign to cut off international funding for two large hydropower plants planned for inside the Mavrovo National Park – Macedonia’s oldest and largest national park – thereby protecting the habitat of the nearly-extinct Balkan lynx.
For her efforts, she is being awarded the 2019 Goldman Environmental Prize for Europe. Given annually …

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[17 Apr 2019 | Topics: ]

The 1st Mesopotamia Water forum took place on 6-8 April 2019 in Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
The activists working in Syria, Iraq, Turkey and Iran discussed water crisis in the region and  denounced the grave impacts of dams and other water infrastructures on social structures, river ecosystems, cultural heritage, and local economies. The lack of democratic, decision-making mechanisms was highlighted. Another important aspect that was critiqued is the use of dams as weapons of hegemony by upstream states and powers against downstream communities. Strong alternative approaches were proposed to …