Tag: <span>Civil Society</span>

Local people stopped Chinese drilling machinery at the site of Erdeneburen HPP construction

On October 4 a video of local herders protesting the Erdeneburen hydroelectric power plant construction in Uvs Province’s Umnogovi sum was circulated online. It shows men, women, elderly and children preventing the passage of heavy machinery despite being harassed by several policemen.  As predicted by human rights NGOs the population …

Lake Baikal in times of conflict

by Eugene Simonov UWEC. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and subsequent changes in political and economic cooperation between Russia and the world inevitably impact the Russian government’s management of its internationally recognized biodiversity hotspots. Today, Russia has many fewer incentives to follow international laws and procedures in any sphere, nature conservation …

Mongolian Government Seeks to Criminalize Citizens Opposing Erdeneburen Dam Project

This story published in Novaya Gazeta reflects new ugly grimace of war. Using now very popular “Russia’s energy dependence” rhetoric and fabricated “evidence” the Mongolian proponents of large dams are trying to take revenge and silence local citizens and conservation NGOs who oppose construction of Erdeneburen Hydro by Power China …

Makhoul Dam in Iraq is threatening two World Heritage properties in one shot

The revived project of a mega-dam on Tigris river threatens to drown Ashur Historic heritage site upstream and to cause major damage to Mesopotamia Marshes nature heritage site downstream. Two river-protection NGOs prepared a report pointing to risks and suggesting alternatives. The Iraqi government is intensifying its efforts to complete …

Chinese State-owned SDIC quietly proceeds with extermination of Tapanuli Orangutans

SDIC has marketed its environmental credentials but has invested in controversial Batang Toru hydropower plant in Sumatra Oliver Telling in Singapore, Financial Times. JUNE 18 2022 A Chinese state-owned company that trumpeted its green credentials when listing on the London Stock Exchange has quietly acquired a development in Indonesia that scientists …

MESOPOTAMIAN WATER ACTIVISTS CALL TO STOP WATER WARS IN UKRAINE AND ELSEWHERE

River Protection activists from Tigris River basin know well about the dangers of using dams and rivers in warfare. They relate their experiences with horrific realities of the war in Ukraine and call not target and use civilian infrastructure as targets and weapons. (reposted with STC permission) Save The Tigris …