Articles Archive for October 2016
Baikal Lake, Featured, Greening Silk Road, Selenga River »
To: World Bank President
Re: On MINIS Project in Mongolia
Dear Dr. Kim:
Recently we learned that bidding for Regional environmental assessment (REA) and Environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) of two sub-projects (flow regulation of the Orkhon River and construction of reservoir complex project and Shuren Hydro on Selenge River) has been announced on the World Bank and MINIS Project web-sites. We believe that this is a major violation of the WB rules and many previous agreements and this incident may effectively ruin the WB reputation in the region and any further …
Baikal Lake, Greening Silk Road, Selenga River »
The Rivers without Boundaries Coalition issued the following list of urgent concerns on the way the MINIS Project is being carried out by the World Bank and Mongolian Government.
For example, written comments submitted by the RwB-Mongolia -after consultations in Bulgan Province in April 2016 were not considered when reviewing terms of reference (ToR) for environmental assessments and omitted in the response matrices. The letter also lists several other examples of inappropriate handling of public consultations and information disclosure by the MINIS Project staff. Also see Letter to Dr.Kim .
Amur Basin, Amur River, Greening Silk Road »
We always wonder how to measure progress of cooperation under China’s One Belt-One Road Initiative. Many different matrices and indices are being suggested by various authors. But some straightforward questions also help:
Does project\program develop people-oriented economy in countries-partners?
Do two sides have capacity to communicate and cooperate on equal basis?
Do partners have a joint system to assess, monitor and avoid negative environmental effects?
We do not have one simple answer, but we already have one Monument to cooperation that is being done in a wrong way…
On Heilongjiang Province …