Bankwatch staff members have just returned from an invigorating and productive meeting with environmental and human rights groups from 14 countries aimed at developing responses to the rash of oil pipeline projects being proposed in South East Europe to bring Russian and Caspian oil to Europe and the US.
, | 2 October 2007
The meeting organised by Croatian NGOs including Zagreb office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Human Rights Center and Eko Kvarner took place in Sisak, the most polluted town in Croatia, thanks in no small way to a local unrefurbished oil refinery and a crude oil fuelled thermo power plant. Experienced and new campaigners were joined by legal and marine experts, and the meeting resulted in the establishment of an informal network and concrete plans for strengthening current campaigns on pipeline projects. Bankwatch outlined the potential involvement of the IFIs in these projects and, based on our experience of the problems in previous such projects financed by the banks, showed that the IFIs’ safeguard standards are no match for the social and environmental dangers of oil pipelines and related infrastructure. Read the declaration here.
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