EBRD Annual Meeting 2019
Empowering communities to be heard. Protecting whistleblowers and pushing back against the threat of violence, intimidation and attacks on free speech and assembly. Preserving the environment.
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The cautious approach to hydropower in the Balkans should be applied to other regions that also struggle to implement the EBRD and EU standards. The EBRD should protect the pristine ecological status of rivers and the rights of communities.
Failing to acknowledge the Lower Svaneti Lalkhor, the violations to Georgian legislation and the bank’s own policies will deteriorate the livelihoods of the indigenous Svans and the potential for alternative development and tourism in the villages.
The EBRD should ensure the close examination of the project and its documents before it officially enters into pipeline, as it is likely to have a considerable effect on local communities and biodiversity.
Blog entry | 8 September, 2022
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Bosnia and Herzegovina’s energy utility Elektroprivreda BiH are signing today an agreement formalizing the Bank’s commitment to consider financial support for a particularly questionable energy project in Tuzla. But the public is barely aware of what this risky investment could bring to local communities.
Blog entry | 4 August, 2022
Armenia’s government and investors have failed to prevent human rights abuses related to the Amulsar gold mine. As we await the outcome of an EBRD investigation, environmental and human rights defenders continue to face threats. New reports show how the policies that should protect human rights and environmental defenders have failed to stop a project whose costs outweigh the benefits.