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[18 Jul 2021 | Topics: ]

A
wetland refuge on the Russia-Mongolia border

The Landscapes
of Dauria is a UNESCO site home to some of Inner Asia’s most charismatic
wildlife, but is threatened by Mongolia’s Blue Horse programme of water
infrastructure projects

  Eugene Simonov   The Third Pole. June 8, 2021  

Editor’s note: This is the second
in a two-part series on Mongolia’s Blue Horse water infrastructure programme.
Read the first article here

The
ever-changing Torey Lakes are a wetland paradise. Two large lakes and more than
300 smaller bodies of water in the Torey Depression support 305 bird species and 42 mammal species, as well as
reptiles, …

Amur Basin, Essential Publications, Featured, Gobi Groundwater Basins, Greening Silk Road, Lena River, Paris vaut une barrage(?) »

[1 Jun 2021 | Topics: ]

A new joint study between the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Korea Energy Economics Institute (KEEI), provides their perspectives on the interconnection potential in Northeast Asia and “insights for policy makers and key stakeholders”.

The dream of “Asian Supergrid” has continuously inspired not only  visionaries from Russia, Japan, Korea, Mongolia and China, but also studies by UNESCAP, ADB, Energy Charter Secretariat and other international organizations. It is not fully clear what is the real motive and added value of IRENA for joining this already diverse and poorly …

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[26 May 2021 | ]

Kherlen River in Mongolia (flowing to Dalainor Lake Ramsar wetland in China) is threatened by damming and water transfer to supply coal mining enterprises in Gobi Desert

Banks called
upon to take action to protect biodiversity ahead of UN Biodiversity Conference
in Kunming

Today, 24
organisations and civil society alliances based in 16 countries sent an open
letter to 55 private sector banks globally, calling on them to take
concrete action to help protect biodiversity and safeguard the rights of
Indigenous and local communities. (1)

The signatories
seek commitments from banks to adopt a “No Go” policy for high biodiversity …

Amur Basin, Arctic, Featured, Kamchatka Peninsula, Lena River, Ob Basin, Solidarity, Yenisey Basin »

[9 May 2021 | Topics: ]

One of the most striking speeches of the recently concluded 20th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues was the address delivered by the Vice President of the Far Eastern Federal District chapter of the Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and Far East of the Russian Federation. Liubov Odzyal spoke on the challenges many northern Indigenous Peoples are facing globally nowadays, including those in Kamchatka. The issue is the large-scale destruction of salmon, the foundation of Indigenous Peoples’ wellbeing. «Kamchatka.Live» is publishing the full text …

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[28 Jan 2021 | Topics: ]

A report by the United Nations University has said that by 2050, most of the world’s population will live downstream of dams operating at or beyond their design life, which could have implications on public safety, escalating maintenance costs, and reservoir sedimentation.

The report, “Ageing Water
Infrastructure: An Emerging Global Risk”, by the Canada-based UNU Institute for Water,
Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH), says most of the 58,700 large dams
worldwide were constructed between 1930 and 1970 with a design life of 50 to
100 years, adding that at 50 years a large concrete dam “would …

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[31 Dec 2020 | ]

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