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Privatized Rivers of Armenia

by Sofia

Argitchi SHPP

Argitchi SHPP sponsored by KFW, GAF© Ecolur

There are around 173 small hydropower plants (SHPP) in Armenia, of which around 114 are on natural streams. The license for these SHPPs is given for about 15 years. The electricity producers sell the electricity to “Electric Networks of Armenia” CJSC for around 11-25AMD (2-5 US cents kilowatt/hours). They do not however pay minimal taxes for water usage which used to go to the community budget before. Moreover, the documents that regulate SHPP sector are 50-60 years old and there has been no updated assessment of water resources in Armenia. (more…)

Don’t Frack our Human Rights

by Sofia

In March I used the opportunity to speak at Chamber of Environmental Engineers in Istanbul about shale or natural gas, the method with which it is extracted called hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and how it can impact human rights. This topic has become the focus of environmental engineers in Turkey (and hopefully, it will become central topic for all active people there) because shale gas explorations have started in Turkey in times when there is a global opposition to the method of its extraction. (more…)