Complaint to Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats

Letter to Secretary of the Bern Convention, Head of the Biodiversity Unit Bureau of the Standing Committee to the Bern Convention related to the complaint to Bern Secretariat by Green Alternative – 31 July 2017

Annex 1 – Review of Key Biodiversity and Environmental Problems of Nenskra Hydropower Project

Annex 2 – Report on the importance of the territories excluded from “Svaneti 1” candidate Emerald site

Annex 3 – Report on environmental problems of Shuakhevi Hydro Power Plant, Adjara, Georgia

Annex 4 - REPORT BY THE GOVERNMENT, Possible threat to Svaneti 1 Candidate Emerald site from Nenskra HPP (Georgia)

„Georgian Government violates Article 4, point 1 and 2, Article 5 and Article 6 of the Bern Conventionby giving permission to build Nenskra Hydropower Project (HPP) and destroying significant protected habitats and species from Resolution No. 4 (1996) and Resolution No. 6 (1998) of the Standing Committee situated in Emerald Site GE0000012"Svaneti 1" as adopted at the Biogeographical Seminar held between 27th and 29th of May 2015. Moreover Georgian Government disregarded procedures for evaluation of sufficiency of proposed ASCIs as adopted by the Standing Committee in 2013 (T-PVS/PA (2013) 13), when in January 2016 excluded from Emerald Site GE0000012 "Svaneti 1" all territories part of Nenskra HPP. The NenskraHPP foresees damming the Nenskra river 5.5 kilometers upstream from the village of Tita (Chuberi community). To increase the reservoir’s volume, a 12.4 km long tunnel should divert water from the Nakra river on the other side of the mountain close to the village of Nakra. A 15.1 km long tunnel should bring the water from Nenskra dam to the powerhouse, thus leaving about 35 km of Nenskra and Nakra rivers with almost no water. New roads and settlements will facilitate human access to the higher Caucasus Mountains. All this planned facilities are located in "Svaneti 1" ASCI as adopted at the biogeographical seminar in May 2015, but excluded from it January 2016 by the government.“