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River defenders gather forces in Georgia

This week, activists from across the world are meeting in Tbilisi to share their experiences of resisting hydropower projects and the money that supports them.


For our rivers, for our lives - activists from across the globe meet in Tbilisi, Georgia

85 river and dam activists from 40 countries and all continents gather in Tbilisi, Georgia this week to share experiences about their efforts to protect the world’s rivers and join their struggles against destructive hydropower projects.


Small is (not always) beautiful: small hydro development in the Western Balkans

This blog first appeared on Balkan Green Energy News


Quebec hydroelectric firm rides Balkan ‘dam tsunami’ in showcase of Canadian expertise

Source: Damon van der Linde , Financial Post

MONTREAL — Quebec has had an international reputation for hydroelectric engineering since the nationalization of Hydro-Québec in the 1960s. The construction of the James Bay Project — one of the largest hydroelectric systems in the world — helped launch the province as a leader in the field and that expertise is getting notice around the world.

New mudflow hits Georgian village as rainy season reveals poor assessment of hydropower plans

As rains cause mudflows in Georgia's mountains, locals from different regions unite to protest hydropower developments in geologically unstable areas.


Campaign update: Georgian mountain communities consider restoring long abandoned tradition to tackle threats to their land

With hydropower and mining projects encroaching on their lands and livelihoods, Svan communities in Georgia’s northwest consider convening in an ancestral assembly to discuss their course of action.


Europe's Last Wild Rivers Could Soon Drown [Video]

Source: John Wendle, Scientific American

Hundreds of hydroelectric dams planned for rivers across the Balkans would provide green energy—at a big cost

Eight activists arrested in Nenskra power plant protests

Source: Dominik K. Cagara, Democracy & Freedom Watch

Tbilisi, DFWatch – Svan campaigners declare that their protests will continue as long as no alternatives to the current project assuming flooding of their native valley are presented.

Police special forces arrested eight activists protesting against the construction of Nenskra Hydropower Plant and released them after imposing financial penalties.

Eight arrested in protest against Georgian dam

Protests against large dams in Georgia's Svaneti mountains have led to confrontations with police. Locals are losing patience over the protracted consultation process on the project.


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