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[22 Sep 2021 | Topics: ]

International Hydropower
Association Reveals “Good Practice” Guide for (Damming) Protected Areas

It looks like the hydropower
industry is getting on nerves of the big international NGOs (BINGOs) who have “cooperated”
with the IHA for a decade in common search for “sustainable hydropower”.
And there was a good reason for that at a webinar held on September 21 by the
industry association to present its historic commitments.

The new “historic commitment”
taken on by the industry promises to spare from dam-building only World
Heritage but continue to dam protected areas and remaining free-flowing rivers
(in a sustainable manner). Commitment born after …

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[21 Sep 2021 | Topics: ]

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September
21, 2021

To:

-Alok
Sharma, the 2021 President of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties

-Parties
to the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP-26)

A Declaration: Climate mitigation efforts
must reject so-called “sustainable hydropower” as a solution to combat climate
change

On
behalf of 300 organizations from 69 countries, representing civil
society, peoples movements, Indigenous Peoples organizations, scientists,
conservationists, we call upon Alok Sharma, the 2021 President of the UNFCCC
Conference of the Parties (COP-26), and all parties to COP-26, to reject
attempts by the hydropower industry to secure scarce climate funds to finance a
new …

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[21 Sep 2021 | Topics: ]

Over 290 organizations from 69 countries call on governments to not use climate funding for so-called “sustainable” hydropower schemes

September 21, 2021

Glasgow,
Scotland—Over 290 organizations from 69 countries
today launched a Rivers for Climate Global Declaration
calling on governments and leaders attending COP26 to protect river ecosystems
and stop using scarce climate funds to finance false climate solutions such as
hydropower. Representing the views of civil society, peoples movements,
Indigenous Peoples’ organizations, scientists, and conservationists, the
declaration called out the proliferation schemes being peddled under an
erroneous pretense of sustainability. 

“Hydropower is not clean energy. We’re at an
unprecedented moment …

Solidarity, World Heritage Convention »

[26 Jul 2021 | Topics: ]

A baby-sturgeon caught in Rioni River (Photo by Flora and Fauna International)

Today the World Heritage Committee inscribed the Colchic Rainforests and Wetlands, Georgia, on the World Heritage List as a unique ecosystem hosting outstanding biodiversity.

The Decision states that the Colchic Rainforests and Wetlands are relict forests, which have survived the glacial cycles of the ice age. The peatlands of the Colchis mire region, which are closely interlinked with lowland Colchic rainforests, also reflect the mild and extremely humid conditions there. These allow for the existence of percolation bogs, the …

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[17 Jul 2021 | Topics: ]

Commentary to Mongabay by Gary Lee | Sarinee Achavanuntakul | Eugene Simonov

This month’s World Heritage
meeting represents a critical opportunity for the UNESCO World Heritage
Committee (WHC) to protect rivers and the World Heritage sites and
cultures that depend on them.The WHC is charged with protecting
sites around the world deemed of the highest cultural and natural values.
The increasing impact of dams on World Heritage sites has prompted …

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[20 May 2021 | Topics: ]

Hydro-engineering war against nature and people has further escalated in the Tigris River Basin. In 2020 Turkey completed infamous Ilisu Hydropower project (see “Test killing” of Tigris River by Turkish Authorities Has Started ), while in early 2021 Iran diverted part of Lesser Zab River to replenish Urmia Lake (see Water Transfer Projects Threaten the Lesser Zab River in Iraq! ). Responding to these external threats the Government of Iraq has re-initiated work to expand Makhoul Dam on Tigris river to hold additional 3 cubic kilometers of water. …