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

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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 …

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Comments to Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’s Environmental and Social Framework review – phase one

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A joint civil society submission on AIIB ESF review phase one by VedvarendeEnergi (Denmark), Les Amis de la Terre (France), Verein für sozial-ökologischen Wandel (Germany), Infrastructure Monitoring Coalition (Indonesia), Green Alternative (Georgia), Crude Accountability, Bankwatch Romania and with support from Green Voice (China).

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Workshop for Journalists: Environment, Climate, and Sustainable Energy in South Caucasus

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Non-governmental environmental organization and human rights defender Green Alternative is announcing an open call for candidates for an international workshop for journalists working in or covering the South Caucasus. Topics of the workshop will be sustainable energy, climate change, new renewable (wind and solar) energy, EU practices. A 3-day intensive workshop will identify prospects or …

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NGOs respond to Ivanishvili’s plans for Tskaltubo

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We respond to the media report about the large-scale alienation of the buildings and spaces in Tskaltubo city and consider it inadmissible to privatize the resources important to the society in the stated form. On October 30, 2019, statement of Bidzina Ivanishvili, the chairman of the ruling party, was reported in the media, according to …

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Five leading advocacy organizations withdraw planned hydropower session at World Bank Annual Meetings after the Bank refuses to participate

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Every year at its Annual General Meetings, the World Bank hosts a “Civil Society Policy Forum” (CSPF) in order for the Bank to learn from and dialogue with civil society organizations. This year our organizations — the Center for International Environmental Law, Bank Information Center, International Rivers, Inclusive Development International and Green Alternative- proposed a …

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