Countries in south-eastern Europe are strategic partner countries for the EU's energy sector. They also have high ambitions for coal power.
The Southern Gas Corridor, a system of mega-pipelines meant to bring gas from the Caspian region to Europe, is unnecessary in light of gas demand projections but will boost Azerbaijan's dictatorial regime and cause damage to local communities and the environment.
In Georgia's staggering mountains, a largely unexploited hydropower potential has attracted private investors, the Georgian government and international lenders. Many hydropower projects pose risks for locals that are largely being underestimated or ignored.
Human rights defenders under threat
Increasingly, communities and civil society organisations who speak out about development activities are finding themselves under attack. Development banks must respond by supporting people engaging with the projects they finance.
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