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[30 Sep 2013 | Topics: ]

On September 16, 2013 Great State Khural of Mongolia gathered with intention to weaken one of the most progressive environmental laws for the sake of “boosting development”. 8 environment activists are arrested on terrorist charges as they undertook a desperate attempt to bring alternative approaches to law implementation to the attention of legislature. Below we attempt to reconstruct chain of events by linking together excerpts from texts available on web. Please read and form Your own opinion. RwB

Photo: Gantulga of UMMRL who holds camera not a gun was arrested …

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[30 Sep 2013 | Topics: ]

Unofficial translation
STATEMENT ADDRESSED TO THE SPEAKER AND MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT AND LEADERS OF EXECUTIVE GOVERNMENT
FROM
MONGOLIAN CITIZENS AND CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS ENGAGED IN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACTIVITIES
The Constitution of our country grants to its citizens the right to live in safe and secure environment, be protected from loss of ecological balance and assigns the responsibility to protect the natural environment. The government’s thoughtless actions and worshipping of mining as the lead sector of the economy has led to violations of the rights of its citizens to own property and …

Amur Basin, Argun River, Featured, Shilka River, Torey Lakes, Uldz River »

If the Torey lakes dry up what chances they have to resurrect naturally?
Where do birds go when rivers stop flowing in Dauria?
Can the water diversion from Argun River into Dalai Lake help to protect nature?
Is Shilka River a good place for hydropower generation?
These and many other questions are systematically treated in a new book
ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE IN RIVER BASINS OF DAURIA: ECOLOGY AND WATER MANAGEMENT published in three languages by Rivers without Boundaries, WWF and Daursky Biosphere Reserve (Russian part of DIPA) in Beijing and Chita with support …

Argun River, Selenga River »

[31 Jul 2013 | Topics: ]

A story by Michelle Tolson “River diversion spells disaster” hit the nerves of Oyu Tolgoy (OT) mining company managers: they requested to add a disclaimer that  OT does not want to use any water diverted to Gobi from Orkhon or Kherlen Rivers in Mongolia. This is despite the government’s efforts to force industry to pay for water infrastructure “harnessing “ rivers by increasing price charged for groundwater. The article explains what risks related to river diversions make OT so paranoid about any public association with this subject. Interesting enough Mongolian …

Amur Basin, Argun River, Shilka River, Torey Lakes, Uldz River »

[4 Mar 2013 | Topics: ]

The third meeting of the core group of pilot projects on adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins under the UNECE Water Convention and the first meeting of the global network of pilot projects took place on February, 20-21 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Palais des Nations, Geneva
The meeting marked the transformation of the Programme into a global network of basins working on climate change adaptation. This endeavour, carried out in cooperation with the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO), enables the comparison of methodologies and approaches, …