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[6 Dec 2018 | Topics: ]

The new Mid-term Energy Program of Mongolia disregards financial, environmental and climate commitments – may increase significantly Mongolia’s debt and carbon footprint.
For a country that just narrowly escaped financial default[1], the new energy mid—term program of Mongolia (2018- 2023) suggesting to increase current debt burden by borrowing USD 4.0 billion to expedite development of 8000 megawatts of coal-thermal energy production capacity is a reckless plan to say the least.
With current electricity generation system of Mongolia totaling around 1200 MW this is a bold increase, which will have consequences for …

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New IBRD’s Mongolia Economic Update Report "… takes a closer look at public investment programs implemented over the past five years, which surged until 2015, contributing to large increases in public finance deficits and the public debt. Mongolia needs to review and reshape its public investment policies and decision-making processes to improve efficiency of public spending, including clear project selection and prioritization criteria, as well as proper maintenance of existing assets."
The Rivers without Boundaries (RwB) International Coalition welcomes the IBRD recommendations to fully reform current harmful practices of project …

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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 …

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The United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, John Knox assessed how Mongolia is promoting human rights in the context of environmental protection. Knox has stayed in Mongolia since 19 Sep 2017 and met with ministries, lawyers, parliament members and representatives of international and regional organizations. On September 27 he presented his preliminary observations.

Knox, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights obligations related to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment, called for Mongolia to develop progressive initiatives to eliminate harmful effects of …

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[2 Sep 2017 | Topics: ]

WE are celebrating 10-years of the project “Conservation of Threatened and Migratory Birds in the Erguna (Argun)-Midflow Transboundary Wetland, China/Russia” supported by the Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) in 2007.  This project, invented by Australian conservationist Daniel Hanisch as follow-up to his lonely guardianship  of Erguna Wetlands Nature Reserve  in Hulunbuir,  spurred development of the “Save the Argun!” – the ancestor of this RwB’s web-site and started many long-lasting partnerships. See below an article written by Claire Salisbury, CLP to celebrate World Heritage site listing.
Over a decade of research, …

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A river worshiping ceremony in Mawlamyine, on the Salween delta in Mon State. Source: International Rivers @ Flickr
To:
Li Hejun, President, Hanergy Holdings Co.
Hanergy Holdings Co. Board of Directors,
Hong Kong Stock Exchange Securities and Futures Commission (SFC)
Re: Hanergy Hydropower Projects
Dear Mr.Li and Hanergy Board Members:
Dear SFC Members:
We are writing this letter to urge the Hanergy Holdings Co. and its subsidiaries to adhere to the highest standards of environmental and social sustainability and to terminate their engagement in dangerous hydropower projects threatening ecosystems and local communities along the two last …