Indigenous Svan communities unite to block hydro development in Svaneti


Protesters meet in Mestia to issue a petition that would block harmful infrastructural developments in Svaneti. Representatives of all 17 communities of Upper Svaneti gathered in Mestia for a traditional Svan Council meeting, Lalkhor, to oppose the development of gold mining and hydropower projects in Svaneti that threaten local livelihoods and ecosystems. The protesters restated their demands – discontinuation of …


Comments on the Nenskra supplementary environmental and social studies


Comments on the Nenskra supplementary environmental and social studies. The revised supplementary studies for the Nenskra project fail to properly perform a cost/benefit analysis. It lacks an assessment of the energy efficiency alternatives, the environmental externalities, the opportunity costs and even an economic internal rate of return has not been estimated. This briefing details our concerns …


Six reasons for not financing the Nenskra hydropower project in Georgia


This briefing outlines the main issues with the Nenskra hydropower project shortly before both the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the European Investment Bank will decide on financing the project. The problems relate to: – the transparency of the project contract, – the rights of indigenous people, – social impacts assessment, land  acquisition …


Nenskra HPP poses possible threat to Georgian biodiversity hot spot


In January 2016 the Georgian government decided to exclude from the Bern Convention’s candidate Emerald Site “Svaneti 1” all territories that are part of the valleys of the Nenskra and Nakra rivers which are relevant for the construction of the Nenksra hydro power plant (HPP). This briefing, prepared for the Standing Committee of the Bern …


Price tag of Georgia’s Nenskra dam goes through the roof


New information reveals the disproportionate price that Georgia’s government guarantees to pay for electricity from the Nenskra dam. The increasingly unfavourable economics strengthen calls to finally make the project’s contract publicly available. Among the numerous concerns surrounding the Nenskra hydropower project (HPP) is a lack of transparency about the contract between the Georgian government and the project company. Its …


Déjà vu in biodiversity: public banks pitted against international convention


Europe’s wildlife guardian has sent a warning to Georgia over changes to a protected area in the Caucasus mountains. International lenders are interested in financing hydro developments in the region. On Monday, November 13, the Secretariat of the Bern Convention, the European wildlife treaty, sent a letter to Georgia’s Ministry of Environment asking for clarification …


Nenskra HPP: the concerns of worried locals fall on deaf ears of project developers


In an interview, a teacher from Chuberi in the Svaneti mountains gave us an impression of how the project developers of the planned Nenskra dam engage with locals. Evidence gathered by Bankwatch during a field trip to the Upper Svaneti region of Georgia to investigate the implementation of the Nenskra hydro power project (HPP) suggests …


Failing local communities, Report on the Land Assessment and Livelihoods Restoration Plan for the Nenskra Hydropower Project


A field investigation conducted by CEE Bankwatch Network in the Nenskra and Nakra valleys in Upper Svaneti in Georgia during two visits in July 2017 has found direct evidence that the Land Acquisition and Livelihood Restoration Plan (LALRP) developed by JSC Nenkra Hydro is inaccurate and fails to properly map, assess and provide adequate compensation …


Woman and Energy – Uneasy Relations


The relations between the energy and woman are not easy all around the world. In Georgia, it includes not only gender blind energy policy, but also ongoing construction of hydropower or fuel plants, transmission lines, setting up of tariffs and etc. does not include any gender aspects. In Georgia, energy sector related impacts on gender …


The reforms related to environmental protection and climate change under EU –Georgia Association Agreement


The Association Agreement between EU and Georgia (AA), signed on June 27, 2014 creates a framework for bilateral cooperation through environmental protection and climate change chapter, while implementation of numerous multilateral environmental agreements  (MEA) is requirement of DCFTA part. During the period there has been some progress on institutional and legal approximation: See more


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