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

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 Georgia’s Upper Svaneti region. The meeting also discussed opposition to a number of other big dams (Tobari, Nenskra cascade) planned upstream of the River Enguri in Georgia’s high mountains and questioned whether these proposals are a credible step towards achieving energy security for Georgia.