Open Letter to EBRD Ex. Directro – Regarding Tbilisi Water Improvement Project

We would like to address your attention regarding the Tbilisi Water Supply Improvement Project that has been submitted to EBRD to  get 25 million Euro for Tbilisi water company owned by Tbilisi municipality. While we welcome increased amount of municipal projects financed by EBRD in Georgia, we would like to stress our concerns with continuous …

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High-Level Workshop “Vision of Forest Sector Reform in Georgia” organized by Ministry of Environment Protection and Natural Resources of Georgia and World Bank

Let us inform you that High level workshop between representatives of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Nature Resources and donor organizations on Georgian Forest Sector issues was held on May 29, 2007 at the hotel “Sympathy”. The position of the Ministry was presented by the Minister, David Tkeshelashvili and head of Forestry Department, Zviad …

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Please sign our declaration to send the message to save the Georgian forests

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DECLARION SAVE GEORGIA’S FORESTS (Adopted at the scientific seminar: Importance, Reality and Prospects of Georgia’s Forests)   We the undersigned: Recognizing the immense importance of ecological functions of Georgia’s forests – forests in Georgia are characterized by high level of endemism, unique biodiversity, they play important role in climate regulation, soil protection, water regulation, etc.; Recognizing …

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Basic Principles of Sustainable Development of Forest Concession Systems Statement by the World Bank

Forest concession (lease) management should be based on clear procedures and criteria.  There have to be officially approved guidelines (“manual”) according to which concessions should be planned, identified, selected, monitored, etc. Download

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Internal US agency watchdog faults BP on BTC pipeline

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Today the Office of Accountability (OA), an internal compliance watchdog of the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), is expected to release a report confirming that BP failed to provide the government agency with critical information about the widespread cracking of anti-corrosion coating on the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline. Download

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How the EBRD can help get Georgia on the mend

The EBRD’s forthcoming Country Strategy for Georgia Comments from Green Alternative /CEE Bankwatch Network 

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Oil addicts find new veins as BTC pipeline finally opens

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The day before state dignitaries, oil men and bankers from around the world gather for the grand launch party in Turkey of BP's more than one year delayed Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline, campaigners who have monitored the BTC project are charging BP and participating international financial institutions (IFIs) with failing affected communities and the local environment. …

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New Georgian dam plans poised to hit the environment and people’s pockets

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A roundtable discussion organised in Tbilisi today by Association Green Alternative and CEE Bankwatch Network marks the first step in the mobilisation of Georgian society to stop a destructive joint Georgian government-World Bank plan aiming to construct the 700 MW Khudoni Hydro Power Plant (HPP) at a cost of at least USD 500 million in …

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BTC pipeline’s poverty reduction credentials rubbished by new report

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A new report out today reveals the real impacts of BP’s Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline and catalogues the Georgian people's unfulfilled hopes of increased welfare and development arising from BP’s billion dollar project, hopes which have been fuelled by project backers the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). "BTC Pipeline – …

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BTC pipeline scrutiny intensifies as problems increase

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Tbilisi (Georgia)/London (UK) Six weeks before the official opening of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) Pipeline on October 27, campaigners from Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia, the UK and Germany are launching the next phase of the international BTC Campaign. The campaign aims to intensify scrutiny of the fundamental environmental, social and human rights problems associated with the project. …

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