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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 …

Gobi Groundwater Basins, Greening Silk Road, Kherlen River, Onon River, Selenga River, Uldz River »

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 …

Irtysh River, Kherlen River, Mongolian Great Lakes, Onon River, Selenga River, Solidarity, Uldz River »

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 …

Amur River, Argun River, Kherlen River, Onon River, Solidarity, Torey Lakes, Uldz River »

[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 proposal to divert Siberian lake water to China’s arid northwest meets with opposition, writes Eugene Simonov for the China Dialogue

Lake Baikal in Russia holds 20% of the earth’s freshwater supplies and harbours at least 2,500 species, most of them found nowhere else (Image: Eugene Simonov)
 
Prologue
If not to consider seriously Baikal-China Sky Way String Transport proposed by Belorussian entrepreneur Yunitsky, there are only three imaginable forms for Lake Baikal water exports: in bottles\plastic containers, in cisterns by rail and by a specially built pipeline. Dr. Sherstyankin of Irkutsk Limnology in …

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It became a tradition every spring to propose a new mega-pipeline to quench thirst in arid corners of Asia. Last year it was done by the Russian Minister of Agriculture Mr.Tkachev , in 2013 by the President of Mongolia Elbegdorj…
The Global Times published a series of articles on a new pipedream, which were reproduced in Guardian, The Times, many other media outlets…
The Lanzhou Urban & Rural Planning and Design Institute has proposed diverting water from Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater lake in the world, to relieve Gansu Province water …