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The Rivers without Boundaries International Coalition believes that the decision on development of a new state company for construction of the "Eg River Hydro" on the tributary of the Selenge River is an intentional escalation of tensions associated with hydropower construction in the Baikal Lake Basin. The RwB regrets this decision has been made during on-going public consultations on Selenge basin hydropower planning, which sent a clear signal of disrespect for consultation process to all participating stakeholders. The RwB hopes that in order to dispel misunderstanding the Government of Mongolia …

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[16 Apr 2016 | Topics: ]

The Minister of natural resources of remote Buryatia Republic Mr. Yury Safyanov came to Moscow to seek response to extreme concerns voiced by local villagers living on Baikal lakeshore about Chinese dam building in upstream Mongolia.
People of Buryat villages gathered 60days ago in Kabansk and requested from WB, Mongolian and Chinese agencies not to approve and fund construction of any of three large dams planned in Baikal Lake Basin. They argue that dams may severely threaten biodiversity of unique  World Heritage Site and livelihoods of local …

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[4 Dec 2019 | Topics: ]

Lake Baikal shore in winter (RwB)

December 3. Moscow. Mongolia and Russia have finally signed an agreement on cooperation in electric power, development of which was triggered by Mongolia’s plans to build hydropower plants in Lake Baikal basin to achieve self-sufficiency in energy sector. On the part of Mongolia, such desire was partly due to lack of long-term agreement with neighbors for reliable electricity supply at affordable price.

The necessity for such agreement has been discussed at least since 2014 and was always viewed in conjunction with difficult negotiations on …

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[27 Jul 2019 | Topics: ]

On July 24 a web-journal towardfreedom.org published an article by Lital Khaikin “Between Sacred Waters and Natural Capital: Resistance to Hydroelectric Dams in Mongolia” 

Egiin Gol – still a free-flowing river

In recent years, Mongolia has sought
to expand its construction of hydroelectric dams in the northern provinces,
where large watersheds connect Mongolia to the Buryat’ Republic in Siberia.
Since the introduction of Mongolia’s Action Plan for Implementation of the
Green Development Policy for the period of 2016–2030, the country has
identified the river-systems in the northern provinces of …

Baikal Lake, Gobi Groundwater Basins, Greening Silk Road, Kherlen River, Mongolian Great Lakes, Selenga River »

[6 Dec 2018 | Topics: ]

The new Mid-term Energy Program of Mongolia disregards financial, environmental and climate commitments – may increase significantly Mongolia’s debt and carbon footprint.
For a country that just narrowly escaped financial default[1], the new energy mid—term program of Mongolia (2018- 2023) suggesting to increase current debt burden by borrowing USD 4.0 billion to expedite development of 8000 megawatts of coal-thermal energy production capacity is a reckless plan to say the least.
With current electricity generation system of Mongolia totaling around 1200 MW this is a bold increase, which will have consequences for …

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New IBRD’s Mongolia Economic Update Report "… takes a closer look at public investment programs implemented over the past five years, which surged until 2015, contributing to large increases in public finance deficits and the public debt. Mongolia needs to review and reshape its public investment policies and decision-making processes to improve efficiency of public spending, including clear project selection and prioritization criteria, as well as proper maintenance of existing assets."
The Rivers without Boundaries (RwB) International Coalition welcomes the IBRD recommendations to fully reform current harmful practices of project …