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A glimpse of hope for Siberian forests
 

Two  different events in  Russia and China may mean the beginning of the end for the Amazar Pulp and Saw Mill Project pursued by Heilongjiang Xingbang Company in Zabaikalsky Province of Russia.
In late March 2018 Greenpeace received an official reply from President’s Administration to a letter sent in late January. The reply lists among preconditions for completion of the Amazar Mill some of very familiar arguments that the RwB raised for years such as:
– need to update EIA and expand it to assess …

Essential Publications, Greening Silk Road, Solidarity »

[24 Mar 2018 | Topics: ]

The International Finance Corporation (part of the World Bank Group) has published the IFC Handbook on good practice in environmental flows for hydropower projects.

The book written by top experts in the field of E-flows and edited by the IFC describes what the World Bank Group expects to be a good practice in environmental flows planning and management in hydropower projects both for single-dam, cascade of hydropower dams and at hydropower development\operations at basin-wide scale. The manual is written for investors, agencies, project managers and decision makers allowing them to …

Greening Silk Road, Solidarity »

[23 Mar 2018 | Topics: ]

Odebrecht investigation is moving like avalanche through the world and hitting diverse collection of victims. This month in Peru it hit a president and the largest Chinese investor.
Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, implicated in a corruption scandal involving Latin America’s largest construction firm, announced his resignation on March 21st. Likely Kuczynski had nothing or very little to do with the bribing monster, at least in comparison with other politicians. For example, Peru’s former President Ollanta Humala and his wife are in prison while authorities investigate their involvement with Odebrecht.
In at …

Solidarity »

[17 Mar 2018 | Topics: ]

Multilateral development banks have supported no fewer than 82 hydropower projects across southeast Europe, including in protected areas, according to a study by CEE Bankwatch Network released today.
The study  finds that the number of hydropower projects in the region that enjoy financial support from multilateral development banks  and commercial banks, is even greater than previously known.
Since 2005, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), and the World Bank Group have extended loans and guarantees totalling EUR 727 million to no fewer than 82 hydropower …

Baikal Lake, Featured »

[16 Mar 2018 | Topics: ]

A Baikal seal on Lake Baikal. By Per Harald Olsen – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0.
London-listed En+ Group published its 2017 financial results  with revenues exceeding USD 12 billion and “environmental  provision”  of mere USD 3 million.  On the same day  James Cusick  questioned. In openDemocracy UK the behavior of  the Lord Barker of Battles – new chairman of Russian En+Group, that claims it operates “green” hydropower, while destroying Russian rivers and lakes. We really appreciate that in times when other press is preoccupied with political struggle and poisoning …