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[11 Jan 2020 | Topics: ]

As the RwB is still cautiously calculating what else could be done by owners and officials in futile attempts to revive hopeless project, many allies have published epitaphs on Amazar Pulp Mill. Famous former Mayor of Mogocha District and now democratic activist Dmitry Pliukhin, who invited the RwB to assess the project us in 2013, summarized losses for local community caused by the 15 years of pulp-mill construction. Greenpeace Russia published “The End of the Amazar Mill” with links to 13 other articles it has …

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[9 Jan 2020 | ]

Nice Victory of the Common Sense

After all our efforts to inform Hong Kong Stock Exchange about undisclosed risks of Amazar Pulp and Saw Mill (“Polyarnaya” Project) we got the final answer from the potential investor: “The Company hereby announces that in light of the potential risks in relation to the Project as disclosed in the announcement of the Company dated 4 November 2019, the Board has decided not to proceed with the Project and to terminate the Operation and Management …

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Amur-Heilong River at proposed Taipinggou Dam site. Photo by Taipinggou National Nature reserve

New article titled “Freshwater Ecosystems versus Hydropower Development” published in the MDPI journal “Water” shows practical directions for sustainable hydropower planning, suggesting much more tangible and straightforward ways to avoid and reduce dam impacts, than those suggested in “ESG gap analysis tool” developed by International Hydropower Association.

Hydropower development inevitably causes
a multitude of negative effects on freshwater ecosystems, and to prevent and
minimize possible damage, environmental impact assessments must be conducted
and optimal management scenarios designed. This paper, written by …

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Picture: Free-flowing Amur-Heilong River forming Sino-Russian border (Taipinggou National Nature reserve)

The "Heritage Dammed" Preliminary Report released by the Rivers without Boundaries International Coalition (RwB) and World Heritage Watch contains contributions from 25 CSOs, experts and affected communities around the world.  LINK to the Report.

THE KEY MESSAGES:
– Freshwater ecosystems have become the most threatened part of the Planet’s biodiversity. Water infrastructures: dams, dykes and canals play key role in degrading aquatic ecosystems. They forever change natural morphology and hydrology patterns of rivers and lakes, half of freshwater ecoregions globally are already …

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[5 Jun 2018 | Topics: ]

The Amazar Pulp and Saw Mill (APSM) – the single most controversial forestry project in Siberia
Chinese Version via link: 俄罗斯造纸项目考验绿色“一带一路” 
One quarter of 214 million m3 of wood harvested in Russia is exported to China. In Asian Russia most logging is driven by signals from Chinese market. Facing growing demand for wood and shortages in domestic supply, Chinese authorities are pushing for greater imports from Russia, ignoring the fact that its neighbour will cease to be a reliable supplier within a decade. On the website …

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[20 Sep 2016 | Topics: ]

The topic for the book with such teasing title  was selected due to outstanding flood that took place on transboundary Amur River in summer and autumn of 2013 and need to explore feasible options for integrated flood management jointly implemented by Russia and China.
Now, as in September 2016 the “Lionrock” typhoon again brought havoc to  villages and towns of the Far East and helpless  management agencies instead of concerted action started are again discussing “flood-prevention hydropower”, we should remove brackets in the book title: “Lessons Unlearned”. But our …