Second Open Letter to EBRD Ex. Directors – Regarding Tbilisi Water Improvement Project (February 14,2008)

We would like to draw your attention to the Euro 25 million Tbilisi Water Supply Improvement Project[1], approved by the EBRD on July 10, 2007 and the subsequent significant changes concerning the rationale for the project, and to ask the EBRD to withdraw its approval for the project. Download

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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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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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Georgians demand action to save their homes from oil pipeline. Official complaint to IFC reveals shocking BTC negligence

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Residents of Rustavi, Georgia's third city, have today submitted an official complaint to the International Finance Corporation (IFC) concerning the potentially disastrous construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline only 250 metres from a settlement of high-rise buildings.[1]The residents are taking this step following a prolonged period of uncertainty for them and their homes, a …

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First BTC court case filed in Georgia

The Georgian District Court has granted Association "Green Alternative", a Georgian NGO, the right to commence a legal action in connection with the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline. The NGO remains deeply concerned about the controversial environmental clearance granted by the Georgian government for the construction of the pipeline's Georgian section on November 30, 2002. The legal action, …

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BP report ignores alternatives, says environmental group

The Central and East European Bankwatch Network today released a report criticising BP for inadequately studying the environmental and social effects of the planned Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline. The pipeline would connect offshore oilfields in the Caspian Sea with a tanker terminal at the Turkish port of Ceyhan on the Mediterranean Sea. According to Bankwatch, …

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Baku-Ceyhan pipeline receives Georgian clearance; Environmentalists cry foul

Today the Georgian government gave environmental clearance for the construction of the Georgian section of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline. This despite the fact that, during the environmental review process, environmental organisations had questioned the resolve of British Petroleum as the leading member of the BTC consortium to adequately address the project’s environmental and social consequences. International …

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