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Baikal Lake »

[27 Feb 2013 | ]

Yesterday and today several sources including Greenpeace Russia and Interfax news agency reported about several high-ranking officials announcing decision to “close Baikal Pulp and Paper Mill (BPPM) in next several years”. One of them allegedly was vice –premier Dvorkovich and another one – the head of VEB-Engineering firm Mr.Shteibe. VEB-Engineering – a branch of VEB – a bank that in 2012 acquired the controlling package of debts of BPPM – made several lengthy statements about assessment of alternative scenarios that have shown inevitable closure of the BPPM. VEB-Engineering advises VEB …

Amur Basin, Yenisey Basin »

[27 Feb 2013 | Topics: ]

According to www.upi.com and many other media the Russian Interior Ministry said that as much as $33.2 million in state funds were embezzled from hydropower company RusHydro. The Interior Ministry said RusHydro’s plant developer Gidrostroy hired companies that had little staff or equipment. It was also said to have signed false contracts with subsidiaries.
“The general contractor Gidrostroy signed fake subcontracting agreements with subsidiary organizations during the construction of the hydroelectric pumped storage power plant,” a ministry statement from state-run news agency RIA Novosti read. “The funds sent to their accounts …

Amur Basin, Central Asia Basins, Irtysh River, Ob Basin, Selenga River, Uldz River »

[26 Feb 2013 | Topics: ]

On February 6, 2013 UNECE Water Convention became officially open to all UN members. This article summarizes our current knowledge of the Convention’s strong and soft sides and emerging challenges for world-wide river-protection civil movement that may or may not help this Convention work globally towards river ecosystem conservation.

Water Convention 1.01
The UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Helsinki Convention, UNECE Water Convention) so far is the most efficient UN mechanism I have seen in my life. This legal document came up on time, …