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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 …

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 …

Greening Silk Road, Paris vaut une barrage(?), Solidarity »

Georgian woman at the “Iron Wall” dividing the Rioni River valley

On June 5th, the day of Environmental Protection the Rivers without Boundaries International Coalition congratulates all people protecting their rivers around the world. If we are allowed to choose a place and movement today that symbolizes this noble task, we want to highlight a marathon fight of the people of Georgia against the destructive and irresponsible hydropower construction projects pursued by consecutive corrupt governments. Georgian government failed to build Khudoni Hydro, Nenskra Hydro and several other megaprojects due to popular …

Amur Basin, Arctic, Featured, Kamchatka Peninsula, Lena River, Ob Basin, Solidarity, Yenisey Basin »

[9 May 2021 | Topics: ]

One of the most striking speeches of the recently concluded 20th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues was the address delivered by the Vice President of the Far Eastern Federal District chapter of the Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and Far East of the Russian Federation. Liubov Odzyal spoke on the challenges many northern Indigenous Peoples are facing globally nowadays, including those in Kamchatka. The issue is the large-scale destruction of salmon, the foundation of Indigenous Peoples’ wellbeing. «Kamchatka.Live» is publishing the full text …

Greening Silk Road, Solidarity, World Heritage Convention »

[17 Apr 2021 | Topics: ]

Iranian Environmentalists Mark
International Day Against Water Transfer

17 April 2021

By the People’s
Campaign to Save the Kind Zagros, supporter of Save
the Tigris Campaign

Iranian
environmentalists annually celebrate the International Day Against Water
Transfer on 17 April, or 28 Favardin, according to the Persian calendar. Water
transfers between watersheds are common practice in Iran. They have been
regarded as one of the most effective ways to reduce water scarcity, as many
Iranian politicians have advocated. Such water scarcity is caused by the
differences in distribution of water resources, population growth, and damage
caused by floods and droughts. The reality, however, is …

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[8 Apr 2021 | Topics: ]

On the Criminalization of Civil Society Activists in the Russian Federation

We, the Civil Society Organizations who have attended the 9th International NGO Forum on World Heritage at Risk organized by World Heritage Watch online from 22-24 February 2021, 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: We have been informed about unprecedented pressure on the activists of the non-governmental organization Ecodefense! by the Russian State Party responsible …