Bank supports controversial Tajik dam?

18 February 2011

The World Bank is currently funding an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the Rogun dam in Tajikistan, demonstrating its interest in this controversial project. Although the Bank has not yet committed to funding the dam, this remains a significant contribution as the EIA could make it easier for other potential funders to engage. In October 2010 the Bank’s Inspection Panel received a complaint from the Ecological Movement of Uzbekistan, a coalition of over a 100 NGOs. It argues that the Bank’s assessment is not taking into account how the project will affect communities in downstream Uzbekistan, and that the dam would “cause numerous social, ecological and humanitarian disasters.”