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[28 Mar 2020 | Topics: ]

The construction site of the Jiasa River hydropower station near Jiasa Town, Yunnan province, FoN

Despite coronavirus fears and strict quarantine China had witnessed a landmark victory in public-interest litigation on environmental matters. We congratulate Friends of Nature (and our friends) with this remarkable achievement and wish them to win this case to the very end.

In July 2017, conservation groups Friends of Nature (自然之友), Shan Shui Conservation Centre and Wild China Film filed a lawsuit against the China Hydropower Engineering Consulting Group at the Kunming Intermediate People’s Court. Their …

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[28 Feb 2020 | Topics: ]

Six Actions proposed in “Bending the curve for freshwater: an emergency recovery plan”

by Jeff Opperman , WWF-US

Freshwater ecosystems and species are in crisis,
and 2020 is a pivotal year for countries and companies to take steps to solve
that crisis. What does this have to do with energy? A surprising amount. 

From hydropower dams that fragment rivers and block fish migration to
thirsty crops for biofuels that contribute to the depletion of water resources,
the energy sector has a significant impact on freshwater resources and
ecosystems—and thus must be a big part of …

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[15 Jan 2020 | Topics: ]

The Fish and the dam that brought it to extinction

Gezhouba Dam

Last year we placed these two pictures on the back cover of the Heritage Dammed report to UNESCO to illustrate the role of dams in mass extinction of freshwater biodiversity. We suggested that scientists will wait for 50 year before declaring the paddlefish extinct. We were wrong, by 49.5 years. Here is the article by Lily Katzman of Smithsonian Magazine:

China’s Yangtze River, the world’s third longest river, is home to 378 known species of fish. But the Chinese paddlefish, …

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[31 Aug 2019 | Topics: ]

South Africa’s Bonang Power and Energy has been courting Ugandan elite and seeking hydropower contracts at least from 2015. Thus its web-site refers to official report of the Uganda State Palace on talks between the country’s President Yoweri and a delegation of an International Consortium of Companies from Russia and South Africa on May 29, 2015. The Russian based energy company – Gidroenergostroy (the RwB failed to identify specific company involved), along with Bonang Power and Energy Ltd from South Africa, were expected to establish additional generating capacity of 200 …

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Difficult dilemmas are discussed at the 43rd World Heritage Committee session in Baku. The RwB had a chance to introduce the “Heritage Dammed” Report during debate on two World Heritage sites threatened by dams.

NGO representative prepares for intervention

From July 1 afternoon African countries (which usually vote here in one united block) are challenging key enforcement mechanisms of the World Heritage Convention contrasting it with “rights to Sustainable development”. The move is backed now by Brazil, Bahrain and Azerbaijan.  Countries of Africa want more “development benefits from heritage …

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[30 Jun 2019 | Topics: ]

The 7th
International NGO Forum on World Heritage at Risk

Baku, Azerbaijan, 29 June 2019

We, the Civil Society
Organizations who have attended the 7th International NGO Forum on World
Heritage at Risk organized by World
Heritage Watch on 29 June in Baku, Azerbaijan, coming from 19 countries in 5
continents, 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:

Hydropower
development has caused a dramatic world-wide decline in the number of
free-flowing rivers due to haphazard planning and disregard …