Leaked World Bank report depicts Georgia’s Nenskra hydropower project as major liability

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Successive international analyses have cast serious doubts over the financial viability of the planned Nenskra plant. While the Georgian government keeps the project’s contract confidential, a leaked World Bank report offers a scathing account of the fiscal implications of this hydropower development. Community members, experts and civil society groups have long been warning about the …

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Controversial dam project in Georgia abandoned by constructor

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Already mired by controversy, the billion dollar Nenskra hydropower plant is now facing another major hurdle as the company contracted to realize the project is now leaving it. The USD 575 million worth contract between the Italian construction company Salini Impregilo and the project promoter was signed in August 2015. But with increasing tensions with …

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Devastating floods are the latest warning sign about controversial Nenskra hydropower project

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From the outside, this tragedy might seem like a natural disaster, a force majeure. But one cannot ignore the human factors at play. Community members in Georgia’s Upper Svaneti region and environmental groups, worried about the impacts of unchecked hydropower development, have long been warning that decision makers are overlooking the unstable seismological, geological and hydrological conditions …

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Monitoring of Biodiversity in Protected Areas

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The goal of the study was to evaluate some threats related to the protected areas according to  biodiversity monitoring indicators; based on the results of qualitative and quantitative analysis, to develop proposals (recommendations) in the following two directions: 1) To improve biodiversity indicators; 2) To improve planning and management of protected areas. The study was …

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Environmental and social issues related to the construction and operation of transmission lines

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The Policy Brief is focused on issues related to environmental and social impact of Electricity Transmission Lines construction and exploitation as well as systemic problems in current practices for implementation of Transmission Lines construction and reconstruction projects. Also, it points out existing gaps in the current legislation which fail to ensure the protection of rights …

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Call for the project external evaluation

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Green Alternative is seeking expertise in the evaluation of a project entitled “Towards the Energy Paradigm Change in South Caucasus”. The evaluator(s) will be responsible for evaluating in accordance with given Terms of Refernce. Proposals should be submitted  Manana Kochladze, mananak@greenalt.org no later than 16th of July 2018

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Nenskra Hydro Project – Update

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The Asian Infrastracture Investment Bank  is considering a non-sovereign loan of USD 100 million for a 280 MW reservoir-type hydropower plant, located in the Nenskra and Nakra valleys of Northwest Georgia. We would like to provide information about new developments that the AIIB should consider as part of its due dillgence on the project. See more …

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Comments on National Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP) of Georgia

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The one of the main problematic issue of the document is whether it has ability to serve the aims of implementation of Renewable directive, particularly to the major goals of the Directive. Namely it includes following: “increased use of energy from renewable sources”, “increasing technological improvements, incentives for the use and expansion of public transport, …

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New wave of protests against the Nenskra dam

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On April 21, around 200 people went on a protest in Chuberi to once again oppose the construction of the Nenskra dam and to demand their indigenous status that grants a higher level of safeguards. Since the Nenskra project’s launch in 2015, local Svans have been continuously raising their concerns over the 280-megawatt hydropower plant (HPP) at …

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Statement on another planned restructuring of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture

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As it is known, in December 2017, the Parliament of Georgia approved the completely unfounded initiative of the Government of Georgia to merge the Ministry for Protection of Environment and Natural Resources with the Ministry of Agriculture and transfer certain functions concerning the use of natural resources to the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development.  …

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