Civil Society Organizations respond to the current events in the Rioni Valley

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Social Justice Center (former EMC), GYLA, and Green Alternative respond to the events that took place in Rioni Valley, yesterday, on  April 11th, and that resulted in a flagrant and unjustifiable restriction of the freedom of assembly and expression of protesters against Namakhvani HPP. We believe that the law enforcement measures taken by the government …

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Organizations Working on Namakhvani HPP Issues Respond to Defamation Campaign of the Company and the State

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We, the Social Justice Center (formerly EMC), Green Alternative, and Georgian Young Lawyer’s Association (GYLA), are deeply concerned over the fact that in response to our criticism, regarding fundamental violations committed during the implementation of the Namakhvani HPP project, gross human rights abuses, the concluded agreement essentially compromising state interests, non-transparency and institutional failures, the …

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The first newsletter of the “Copernicus assisted environmental monitoring across the Black Sea Basin – PONTOS” project.

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The first newsletter of the "Copernicus assisted environmental monitoring across the Black Sea Basin – PONTOS" project. The newsletter is available in five languages–English, Greek, Armenian, Georgian, and Ukrainian–at the following site: https://pontos-eu.aua.am/pontos-newletters/ PONTOS will utilize information technologies to automatically retrieve Copernicus products, couple them with national or regional infrastructures for data acquisition and processing, …

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The signatory organizations respond to the dispersal of the protest rally of opponents of the construction of the Namakhvani hydropower plant using police force

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On November 14, 2020, the State, using police force, dispersed a protest rally held by the local population against the construction of the Namakhvani hydropower plants' cascade in the village of Zhoneti. The local communities are organizing against one of the largest energy projects in the country's history and protesting against the State's disregard for …

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Shortcomings of Georgian Mining Sector Development Planning – Green Alternative’s assessment

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“The Georgian Mining Sector Strategy approved by the Government of Georgia is not a national policy adopted with participation of stakeholders; therefore, it must be revoked,” states the study prepared by Green Alternative which assesses the first attempt of developing a national mining sector policy in Georgia.   Labyrinths of Georgian Mining Sector Development Planning …

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Georgia’s billion dollar dam violates international standards

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Significant failures were found in the project’s compliance with the environmental and social policies of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the European Investment Bank (EIB). After more than two years of investigation, the Nenskra hydropower plant (HPP) project in Georgia was found non-compliant with the standards of two international financial institutions.1 …

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Comments and answers on EU Energy Community questionnaire

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Comments and answers on EU Energy Community questionnaire regarding “Guidance on the environmental assessments of small hydropower plants”

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From the Caucasus to Russia: Why this road?

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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 …

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

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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 …

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Status update on the Nenskra hydropower plant project

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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 …

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