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IISD/ENB+ @ 53rd GEF Council Meeting | 29 Nov 2017 | Washington, DC, US | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 30. November 2017 - 7:42
IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, is covering the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council Consultation Meeting with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), the 53rd GEF Council Meeting, and the 23rd Meeting of the Council for the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), from 27 to 30 November 2017, from Washington, DC, US

IISD/ENB+ @ 53rd GEF Council Meeting | 29 Nov 2017 | Washington, DC, US | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 30. November 2017 - 7:38
IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, is covering the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council Consultation Meeting with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), the 53rd GEF Council Meeting, and the 23rd Meeting of the Council for the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), from 27 to 30 November 2017, from Washington, DC, US

Rapport du ENB | CCNLRP-3 | 29 novembre 2017 | Montréal, Canada | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 30. November 2017 - 7:25
Le Service d’information de l’IIDD, à travers la publication de son service de couverture de réunions, le Bulletin des négociations de la terre (ENB), a publié un lever de rideau pour la 3ème réunion du Comité à composition non limitée des représentants permanents à l’ONU Environnement (CCNLRP-3), qui aura lieu du 29 novembre au 1er décembre 2017, au siège de l'ONU à Nairobi, Kenya

ENB Report | OECPR-3 | 29 Nov 2017 | Nairobi, KE | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 30. November 2017 - 4:01
On Wednesday, 29 November 2017, IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, produced a daily report from the 3rd Meeting of the Open-ended Committee of Permanent Representatives to UN Environment (OECPR-3), which will meet from 29 November to 1 December 2017, at the UN Environment Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya

IISD/ENB @ CITES SC69 | 29 Nov 2017 | Geneva, CH | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 30. November 2017 - 3:04
On Wednesday, 29 November 2017, IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, covered the 69th Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which runs from 27 November to 1 December 2017, from Geneva, Switzerland

RBI’s monetary policy and inflation: Steady as she goes is the theme

News from India - 29. November 2017 - 23:46
Where will inflation settle once the Indian economy transitions towards a more ‘normal’ year?

How Thums Up stole the cola thunder

News from India - 29. November 2017 - 20:48
A brilliant advertising campaign aside (Taste the Thunder), a stronger, fizzier and slightly spicier taste is probably the biggest reason for the success of Thums Up

Insolvency resolution

News from India - 29. November 2017 - 19:44
A clearer picture on the effects of the IBC ordinance will only emerge as and when the 12 large cases referred to the NCLT are resolved

Telecom on the rocks with a twist of IUC

News from India - 29. November 2017 - 19:39
The episode of the reduction of interconnection charges indicates that Reliance Jio, the new kid on the block, continues to be very much in the driver’s seat

India’s deteriorating public discourse

News from India - 29. November 2017 - 19:33
It is essential to understand the structures of the complex system before undertaking bold economic and social reforms

Hadiya broke no law

News from India - 29. November 2017 - 19:28
As an adult Hadiya has the right to make her own decisions—on marriage, on religion or anything else—even if it seems wrong to her family

India needs a National Repeal Law Day

News from India - 29. November 2017 - 19:23
The plethora of static and obsolete laws make it seem that the exiled colonial master is still in power

How to free Indians from the medical poverty trap

News from India - 29. November 2017 - 19:15
Quality certification for generic medicines will increase their adoption and lower the overall expense on medicines

Invest in bitcoin, even if it is a bubble

News from India - 29. November 2017 - 18:58
Bitcoin investors are raising the visibility of the technology behind it, making it interesting for financial institutions and governments

IISD/ENB @ OECPR 3 & UNEA-3 | 29 Nov 2017 | Nairobi, KE | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 29. November 2017 - 12:27
IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, is covering the 3rd Meeting of the Open-ended Committee of Permanent Representatives to UN Environment (OECPR-3), from 29 November to 1 December 2017, and the 3rd Session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-3), from 4 to 6 December 2017, from the UN Environment Headquarters, in Nairobi, Kenya

Rapport du ENB | CCNLRP-3 | 29 novembre - 1er décembre 2017 | Montréal, Canada | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 29. November 2017 - 7:53
Le Service d’information de l’IIDD, à travers la publication de son service de couverture de réunions, le Bulletin des négociations de la terre (ENB), a publié un lever de rideau pour la 3ème réunion du Comité à composition non limitée des représentants permanents à l’ONU Environnement (CCNLRP-3), qui aura lieu du 29 novembre au 1er décembre 2017, au siège de l'ONU à Nairobi, Kenya

IISD/ENB+ @ 53rd GEF Council Meeting | 28 Nov 2017 | Washington, DC, US | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 29. November 2017 - 7:08
IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, is covering the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council Consultation Meeting with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), the 53rd GEF Council Meeting, and the 23rd Meeting of the Council for the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), from 27 to 30 November 2017, from Washington, DC, US

IISD/ENB @ ITTC-53 | 28 Nov | Lima, PE | IISD Reporting Services

News from IISD - 29. November 2017 - 6:19
IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, covered the 53rd Session of the International Tropical Timber Council and Associated Sessions of the Committees, from 27 November to 2 December 2017, from Lima, Peru

Narendra Modi government is getting one big reform right

News from India - 29. November 2017 - 4:03
Narendra Modi’s government, which has stumbled in some of its biggest policy moves recently, appears to be handling the challenge of mammoth sale of distressed assets with agility and a sense of urgency

WWF statement on Stiegler's Gorge

News from WWF - 29. November 2017 - 1:00

WWF is today asking potential investors, banks and construction companies not to invest in or lend to controversial hydropower dam Stiegler's Gorge, until a full Strategic Environmental Assessment has been carried out. Proposed to be built at the heart of Selous Game Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Tanzania, WWF wants the true impacts of the dam to first be assessed and the World Heritage Committee to give its approval. The proposed dam would endanger the livelihoods of 200,000 local people and the reserve's rare wildlife, such as elephants and black rhinos, would be placed under even greater threat.

WWF wants to ensure that investors, banks and construction companies are aware of these risks, as well as the opportunities around alternative renewable energy sources in Tanzania that don't carry the negative consequences for the nature and the people who depend on this World Heritage site.

 

Anthony Field, WWF-International campaign manager, said:


"UNESCO has a clear position that dam projects that harm World Heritage sites should not be built. So far no assessment has been carried out for Stiegler's Gorge hydropower project. Companies who become involved in the project run the risk of significant reputational damage. We are asking investors, banks and those in the construction industry that work on dams to add Stiegler's Gorge to their risk register."

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

 

WWF commissioned research on the impacts of the dam that highlighted the large risks to the ecology, economy and livelihoods. In the Selous Game Reserve, it will create one of the largest reservoirs in East Africa, flooding 1,200km2 including critical habitat for black rhinos. It will impact on current tourism in Selous as well as future potential tourism that the World Bank and German Government are investing in. Its impacts will stretch far downstream.

 

The project is against Tanzanian law as no Strategic Environmental Assessment has been carried out in advance of the planning for the project and tender being issued.

 

The risk has been recognised by UNESCO World Heritage Committee and its statutory advisor the IUCN who have highlighted "the high likelihood of serious and irreversible damage to the Outstanding Universal Value of the property resulting from the Stiegler's Gorge Hydropower project" and have urged the Tanzania state party to abandon the project. In addition UNESCO World Heritage Committee has a position against dams with large reservoirs that harm World Heritage properties.

 

The natural characteristics of the site on which this project is proposed will make it near impossible to satisfy best practice environmental due diligence standards on Hydroelectric from the International Finance Corporation, particularly in relation to mitigating impacts on indigenous persons, water, protected areas and endangered species. This leaves investors possibly exposed to grievance procedures brought by civil society through, for instance, the OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises.

 

More information about WWF's work to protect the Selous Game Reserve UNESCO World Heritage Site can be found here:  https://makeyourmark.panda.org/selous

 

In April 2016 WWF launched a campaign, Together, Saving Our Shared Heritage, which aims to safeguard natural World Heritage sites. Over 1.5 million people have taken advocacy actions to political and business leaders including the leaders of Belize, Bulgaria, Spain, Mexico and Tanzania: https://makeyourmark.panda.org/

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