Five reasons why EBRD should pull out of the controversial Nenskra hydropower project


As the realisation of the project keeps dragging on, it is becoming increasingly difficult for the EBRD, and all international financial institutions involved, to justify their engagement. The Georgian government is nowadays promoting the construction of over 30 new hydropower plants throughout the country’s mountainous regions, with the billion dollar Nenskra hydropower plant in the Upper Svaneti region being …


Human Rights Organization’s response to the use of police forces in Pankisi Gorge

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The signatory organizations express the deep concern regarding the critical situation created in Pankisi Gorge related to the cascade construction of HPPs and call the government of Georgia to immediately cease the demonstration of police power against the local population and to immediately withdraw the forces from the Gorge. In the Morning of 21st of …



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NGOs call on the Georgian authorities to fulfill the commitments related to the protection of human rights in the energy sector. On December 18, 2014, the European Parliament ratified the EU-Georgia Association Agreement and adopted a resolution[1] about Georgia which emphasizes particularly important issues in the relationship between Georgia and the EU, including those dealing with …


Activists take Georgia’s environment ministry to court for green-lighting a mega hydropower project without an up-to-date environmental assessment


In a petition filed on March 19, 2019 with the Tbilisi city court by the Human Rights Education and Monitoring Center (EMC) and Green Alternative, on behalf of local residents in the Upper Svaneti region, the civil society groups challenge a decision of the Georgian Ministry of Agriculture and Environment to allow the Nenskra  project …


Open Letter to the Diplomatic Missions


our Excellences, On behalf of Georgian people, who are deeply concerned with the ongoing state of judiciary in the country, we are contacting you as active supporters of Georgia’s democratic development. On different occasions we have addressed government, political entities and various institutions regarding these concerns. However, we have not approached you on this matter …


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


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 …


Controversial dam project in Georgia abandoned by constructor


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 …


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


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 …


Monitoring of Biodiversity in Protected Areas


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 …


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


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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