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Lao Villagers Facing Eviction for Dam Are Leery of Government Promises

Voice of America

On a remote bend of the Mekong River in northern Laos, where its muddy waters make a hard right turn through steep verdant hills, the 330-odd

11/29/2019

Spencer Mountain Hydropower LLC Notice of Application Accepted for

Code of Federal Register

Spencer Mountain Hydropower LLC Notice of Application Accepted for Filing Soliciting Comments Protests and Motions To Intervene

11/25/2019

8 700+ New Hydropower Plants Threatening Europe s Fragile Freshwater

World Wildlife Foundation

28 November 2019 (Brussels, Belgium) - The first ever European-wide inventory of hydropower plants shows rivers to be saturated with hydropower

95%) of the southern European fish fauna would be placed in an IUCN threat category. We must understand that the already high demand for water resources, especially in southern Europe will be exacerbated by such large-scale hydropower exploitation, resulting in a deadly combination for freshwater biodiversity." - Steven Weiss, Associate Professor at the Institute of Zoology, Karl-Franzens University of Graz, said The study is released as the EU prepares its Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, taking a leading role at the 2020 Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity [3]. Strong law, weak enforcement Under the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD), Member States must ensure all rivers are healthy by 2027. Hydropower dams are a major obstacle to reaching this target. Seven years to go, and 60% of rivers are still not healthy. The impact of the WFD has been gutted by shoddy implementation, lacklustre enforcement, and the abuse of exemptions, often for the benefit of unsustainable farming and industry [4].  New hydropower plants are often built regardless of the non-deterioration principle of the law, without even asking for an exemption - even when there is evidence that the plant would further degrade river health. In Austria - one of the countries with the highest existing hydropower intensity - an additional 123 plants are planned. But a recent study [5] found that less than a third of the permits delivered for hydropower plants were in line with the WFD. Contact:Irene LuciusRegional Conservation Director,WWF Central and Eastern Europeilucius@wwfcee.org, Tel: +43 1 52 45 470 19 Sophie BauerCommunications Officer (Freshwater),WWF European Policy Officesbauer@wwf.eu, Tel: +32 471 05 25 11 References: [1] European Commission, 2011. European Red List of Freshwater Fishes, [2] WWF, RiverWatch, GEOTA, EuroNatur, 2019. Hydropower pressure on European rivers: The story in numbers  [3] WWF, TNC, 2019. Connected and Flowing: A renewable future for rivers, climate and people[3] The UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has existed since 1992 and meets every two years. In 2020, the CBD COP will be a pivotal meeting for biodiversity conservation, as a post-2020 Biodiversity Strategy will be agreed upon for the following decade. As a party to the CBD, the EU operates as one single bloc at the table, and so it is crucial that it shows strong leadership, commitments and tangible targets to protect biodiversity. Find out more here.[4] 53% of surface water bodies in the EU are covered by at least on exemption (EEA WISE)[5] WWF Austria, ÖKOBÜRO, March 2018. Umsetzung des Verschlechterungsverbots gemäß EU-Wasserrahmenrichtlinie in Österreich im Bereich Wasserkraf. The study analyses 200 documents related to hydropower plants authorisations, including 61 permits.'>
11/28/2019

HYDROPOWER: Ariz. tribes oppose plan to dam Colorado River tributary

Environment and Energy

Native American tribes, environmentalists, state and federal agencies, river rafters, and others say they have significant concerns about

11/27/2019

Campaigners call on new EU Commission to end hydropower madness

Reuters

Environmental campaign groups urged the new European Commission on Thursday to stop the expansion of hydropower projects and address their

11/28/2019

Uganda allows study of power project in Murchison Falls national park

Reuters

Uganda has lifted its objections to a South African firm conducting a study for a hydropower dam at a site on the River Nile where spectacular

11/28/2019

New generation of hydroelectric dams threaten Europe s rivers

UK Gaurdian

Dams have fuelled decline in fish populations, says chief executive of RiverWatchEurope’s last free-flowing rivers could be fatally disrupted if

11/28/2019

Monday November 25: Megadams = Megadamage Forum Farmington

Natural Resource Council of Maine

The North American Megadam Resistance Alliance, the Natural Resources Council of Maine, and Sierra Club Maine cohosted an event at the

11/16/2019

Willamette Valley Project - Conservation Season

Department of the Army

From May through September, the Corps manages water in the Willamette Valley as high as possible to provide for reservoir water-related

11/26/2019

SINN Power Wins Cleantech Open Global Ideas Challenge

Renewable Energy Magazine

SINN Power won this year’s Cleantech Open Global Idea Challenge, held in Los Angeles, California, with its innovative wave energy technology

11/26/2019


ASAP Climate Impacts of Hydropower: Enormous Differences among Facilities

Hydroelectric

ASAP Climate Impacts of Hydropower: Enormous Differences among Facilities

Urgent Need to Replace Competition with Cooperation in the Aral Sea Basin

Hydroelectric

Urgent Need to Replace Competition with Cooperation in the Aral Sea Basin

ENGIE financial information as of September 30 2019 Sustained growth in Q3

Hydroelectric

ENGIE financial information as of September 30 2019 Sustained growth in Q3

Indigenous communities ‘robbed’ as land grabbers lay waste to Brazilian

Hydroelectric

Indigenous communities ‘robbed’ as land grabbers lay waste to Brazilian

Clearance given for ‘game changing’ tidal project

Hydroelectric

Clearance given for ‘game changing’ tidal project

Indian government to declare large hydropower projects a renewable energy

Hydroelectric

Indian government to declare large hydropower projects a renewable energy