From the Caucasus to Russia: Why this road?


To “better connect the Caucasus to Russia,” a new road project, Kvesheti-Kobi, is planned to be realized in Georgia. This road section will be part of a north-south corridor that passes the Caucasus and serves to connect the region to Russia. This article was first published on Bankwatch, official publication of NGO forum on ADB.  Starting …


Fears revive in the villages of Shuakhevi as one of Georgia’s biggest hydropower plants starts operation


Georgia’s Shuakhevi hydropower plant (HPP), which once promised to bring energy independence to the country but collapsed soon after becoming operational in 2017, has come back to life. But its return has not been welcome. Locals have started raising concerns that the malfunction of the plant’s derivation tunnels, which pass through their villages, has already …


Status update on the Nenskra hydropower plant project


New comprehensive assessments of project alternatives, climate risks, and environmental and social impacts are necessary if the project will ever restart. Almost two years after Salini Impregilo, a major construction company, mysteriously abandoned the Nenskra hydropower plant (HPP) project before construction had even begun, activity on the project remains at a standstill. Salini Impreglio’s replacement has still not …


The Government takes advantage of the state of emergency and restricts the public participation in the environmental decision-making on controversial projects


Green Alternative and Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association (GYLA) call on the Government of Georgia to suspend the ongoing decision-making processes on planned projects during the period of the state of emergency. With a view to preventing the spread of the new coronavirus in Georgia, to ensure the safety and reduce the possible threat to life …