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AIIB’s Mandalika project in Indonesia force thousands to leave their homes “What can you do when they point guns at you?’’

A large-scale tourism project in Indonesia’s Lombok Island has become a nightmare for the coastal Indigenous Sasak communities. Hundreds of families have been forced by the government and armed security forces to leave their homes for temporary resettlements unfit to support their livelihoods, while others who stand up for their rights to land, a life… Continue reading AIIB’s Mandalika project in Indonesia force thousands to leave their homes “What can you do when they point guns at you?’’

Bosnia’s planned Tuzla 7 lignite plant on the rocks after state aid U-turn

The future of the planned 450 MW Tuzla 7 lignite plant in Bosnia and Herzegovina is again in doubt after the country’s State Aid Council revoked its decision to approve a public guarantee for a EUR 614 million loan from China Eximbank last week, four years after the Council’s initial clearance. 5 July 2022 The… Continue reading Bosnia’s planned Tuzla 7 lignite plant on the rocks after state aid U-turn

Serbian villages filed a criminal complaint against China’s HBIS for severe pollution

Three Serbian villages and a civil society organization have filed a criminal complaint against the Chinese company HBIS. According to the organization Tvrdjava the steel production in Smederevo has been an “environmental catastrophe” since the Chinese investors arrived. In 2016 the Chinese company HBIS took over the operations of the Smederevo Steel mill, originally founded… Continue reading Serbian villages filed a criminal complaint against China’s HBIS for severe pollution

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Since the Paris Agreement, the World Bank has provided more than $12 billion in direct finance for fossil fuels

Letter: World Bank Group finance involving Russia and Belarus

Another important issue with regard to the war on Ukraine: the World Bank Group’s finance involving Russia and Belarus. We support the efforts of CEE Bankwatch, Ukrainian NGO Ecoaction and Urgewald’s joint letter to WB Executive Directors, urging them to stop equity investments, trade finance and guarantees involving entities linked to Russia and Belarus.

China's Overseas Coal Deals in 2021

China’s 2021 “international coal-exit’’ pledge: a transparency problem

Download briefing as pdf here March 2022 China’s pledge to stop building new coal-fired power plants abroad, announced during the UN General Assembly in September 2021 – and reiterated during a EU-China dialogue on climate in October 2021 – was met with enthusiasm. Yet, half a year later, little is known about the extent of… Continue reading China’s 2021 “international coal-exit’’ pledge: a transparency problem

92 civil society organizations call on financial institutions to avoid taxonomy-aligned greenwashing

March 10, 2022 Paris, March 10th, 2022 – A month after the European Commission approved the inclusion of fossil gas and nuclear energy into the EU taxonomy, 92 NGOs and CSOs call on financial institutions to reject this greenwashing attempt by excluding both energies from their “sustainable” or “green” funds and bonds. This open letter… Continue reading 92 civil society organizations call on financial institutions to avoid taxonomy-aligned greenwashing

Serbia’s E-763: How China is constructing a high-speed road without a license

Highway E-763, which connects Belgrade and Montenegro, has been built with impressive speed outside the Serbian city of Cacak. But local communities complain of noise, pollution and devastated eco systems. The main contractor, Chinese state-owned company CCCC, is accused of excavating gravel for the road without obtaining the necessary permits.

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