NGO Statement on Khudoni Hydropower Plant Project

On October 15, 2013 the Georgian civil society organizations made a statement on planned Khudoni Dam project in Svaneti, Georgia. The organizations stress that high level officials, including Prime Minister and Minister of Energy neglect legal procedures on decision-making over the planned project, as well as exert pressure on competent authorities and project-affected communities. They also regret that an unhidden campaign is underway against the persons and organizations critical to the Khudoni HPP project aimed at undermining their reputation. The undersigned organizations demand to return the decision-making process on Khudoni HPP project to legal framework. They also call on the Prime Minister and the Energy Minister to refrain as much as possible from lobbying the investor’s interests, exerting obvious pressure on competent decision-making authorities and project-affected communities and attempting to discredit environmental organizations. 

Alternative for Development
Article 42 of the Constitution
Association “Deserving Old Age”
Association for Civil Society Development of Georgia
Caucasian House
Center for Social Sciences
Community Development Centre
Community Union Nukriani
Election Environment Development Centre
Friedrich Ebert Foundation
Gender Media Caucasus
Georgian Center for Psychosocial and Medical Rehabilitation of Torture Victims
Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association
Global Initiative in Psychiatry – Tbilisi (GIP-Tbilisi)
Green Alternative
Green Line
Guram Tikanadze Svaneti Youth Center
Human Rights Center
Human Rights Education and Monitoring Center (EMC)
Human Rights Priority
Imereti Region Scientific-Information Youth Association ‘ASA’
Independent Journalists’ House
International Center for Environmental Research
Kutaisi Information Center
Literacy Development Center
Meokhi – 2010
Non-governmental organization “Healthy World”
Public Advocacy
Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture “Empathy
Rural Communities Development Agency (RCDA)
Safe Space
StudioMobile – Accent on Action
Svaneti Religious Society “Lagusheda”
Svaneti Tourism Center
Teachers’ Union “Education and Universe“
The Biological Farming Association “Elkana”
The Greens Movement of Georgia/Friends of the Earth-Georgia
The Center for Training and Consultancy CTC
The Georgian Environmental Defender’s Office
Transparency International – Georgia
Union of Disabled Persons and IDPs
Union Safari
Women for development region
Women’s Initiatives Supporting Group