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[31 Aug 2018 | Topics: ]

Yesterday, the WB MINIS Project concluded “commenting period” for the “Final Draft Terms of Reference for a Regional Environmental Assessment for the Selenge River basin and Lake Baikal area  in the context of the proposed  Shuren Hydro-power Plant and Orkhon Water Diversion Projects  “(REA  ToR).
The document presented on the web-site was the second version of this ToR, which has been improved following extensive comments made at “Mongolian-Russian Bilateral Expert Consultations” – closed official process that took place in spring 2018. The original draft REA  ToR to which experts  provided those …

Greening Silk Road, Solidarity »

[10 Aug 2018 | Topics: ]

Tapanuli. Photo by the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme. 
 
In a worldwide press release, researchers from ALERT  strongly criticized an Indonesian corporation — for using “deplorable” tactics to promote a project that would imperil the world’s rarest species of great ape.
The corporation, North Sumatera Hydro Energy (NSHE), is “pressuring and cajoling scientists, throwing money around to buy influence, making false statements, and now has hired a public relations firm specializing in corporate crisis management,” said ALERT director Bill Laurance.
“These tactics are simply deplorable.”
Ape in Danger
Only 800 individuals of the Tapanuli Orangutan …

Greening Silk Road, Solidarity »

[10 Aug 2018 | Topics: ]

Indigenous protests against Belo Monte at the UN’s sustainable development conference in Rio, 2012. Fernando Bizerra Jr / EPA
 
There are few dams in the world that capture the imagination as much as Belo Monte, built on the “Big Bend” of the Xingu river in the Brazilian Amazon. Its construction has involved an army of 25,000 workers working round the clock since 2011 to excavate over 240m cubic metres of soil and rock, pour three million cubic metres of concrete, and divert 80% of the river’s flow through 24 turbines. …