The Address of the NGOs towards the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia and the National Agency of the Cultural Protection of Georgia

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On December 12, 2014, the Ministry of the Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia (the Ministry) and the National Agency of the Protection of the Cultural Heritage of Georgia have issued the decrees (#03/266 and #2/271), resulting in the renewal of the mining works by the “RMG Gold” in Sakdrisi-Kachaghiani.  Despite the fact that there …

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Flood impacts kept secret by hydropower plant constructor in Georgia

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Flood impacts kept secret by hydropower plant constructor in Georgia Georgian Urban Energy (GUE), the company in charge of constructing the Paravani hydropower plant (HPP), has been keeping secret a study on the potential flooding risks associated with the facility, despite requests and promises from the EBRD that such an analysis would be made public. …

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Second fatal landslide in Georgian Dariali valley

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Second fatal landslide in Georgian Dariali valley In the night of August 21, only 3 months after a landslide killed 7 people in May, asecond landslide struck the Dariali valley in Georgia, near the border with Russia, where the 108 MW Dariali hydropower plant (HPP) is being constructed. So far one casualty has been confirmed with another …

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Will Georgia go green after EU association agreement?

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Will Georgia go green after EU association agreement? On Friday Georgia will sign anassociation agreement with the European Union, meaning that our country will start cooperating more closely with the EU and even implement more European legislation. This is good news, particularly when it comes to the environment. At the moment in Georgia, we have too …

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Green Alternative statement regarding the planned signing of the Georgia-EU association agreement in June 2014

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Association Green Alternative welcomes the planned signing of the Georgia-EU association agreement in June 2014 and Georgia's desire to become a full member of the European energy community. We strongly believe that fundamental reforms are urgently needed in order to approximate Georgian legislation with that of the European Union with respect to the environment and …

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Statement on the natural disaster in the Dariali gorge, 17 May 2014

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The landslide in the Dariali gorge of the Kazbegi municipality has killed several people and left others missing. The disaster also damaged a section of the road formerly known as the Georgian Military Road. According to the state security and crisis management council, several people have been trapped in the Dariali hydropower plant’s derivation tunnel, …

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Darliali hydropower plant project

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The Georgian company JSC Dariali Energy has requested a loan of up to USD 80 million from the EBRD for the 108 MW Dariali hydropower (HPP) project. Theproject involves the construction of a derivation-type HPP on the Tergi river in the municipality of Kazbegi. The project will divert water from the town of Stepatsminda towards the powerhouse close …

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The Shuakhevi hydropower plant project

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Adjaristsqali Georgia LLC (AGL), a subsidiary of the Norwegian Clean Energy Invest, has requested up to USD 86.5 million from the EBRD for the construction of the 185 MW Shuakhevi hydropower plant (HPP). The project involves the construction of the 22-metre Skhalta dam (with a 19.4 hectare reservoir) and the 39-metre Didachara dam (with a 16.9 hectare reservoir) on …

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Russian energy giants and lobbyists for a mega dam

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A campaign run by lobbyists in favour of the Khudoni hydropower project has recently become more and more aggressive. At stake is the reputation of the investor ‘Transelectrica limited,’ as it was unable to fulfill the conditions of its contract with government in that it failed to receive a construction permit by 1 March 2014. …

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“Fools and liars” – major new report slams mega-dams, as tensions rise over Georgia’s Khudoni project

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A new report published on March 10 by a team of researchers from the University of Oxford, based on the largest ever study of large hydroelectric dams (245 in 65 countries) has found that in most cases large dams are economically not viable and few, if any, will realise their planned benefits. The study assessed the costs, …

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