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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 …

Angara River, Baikal Lake, Greening Silk Road, Mongolian Great Lakes, Selenga River, Solidarity »

[2 Sep 2017 | Topics: ]

 

High and ever increasing prices for electricity exported from Russia to Mongolia is the most commonly quoted reason for Mongolia’s plans to build its own large hydropower. In case of Lake Baikal Basin this looks especially true, since part of water that rotates turbines at Angara Hydropower Cascade (belongs to En+Group) comes from Selenge river in Mongolia. During last 6 months several different new transmission lines for additional electricity exports for lower prices were proposed by Russian Grid Co, Republic  of Buryatia, other entities. However promise of new cheap …

Baikal Lake, Central Asia Basins, Greening Silk Road, Kherlen River, Selenga River, Solidarity »

 

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 …

Amur Basin, Amur River, Angara River, Baikal Lake, Central Asia Basins, Featured, Kamchatka Peninsula, Selenga River »

[31 Dec 2016 | Topics: ]

An Overview

At the end 2016 the news from our sub-continent, North Eurasia, news are bittersweet but quite hopeful:
1. Mongolia-Russia-China: Chinas agencies and Exim Bank in early April 2016 have frozen a loan and preparatory construction works for 315 MW Eg River Hydro in Lake Baikal Basin in Mongolia (IR dealt with that dam in 2006) after multiple addresses from NGOs, local citizens, World Heritage Committee, etc. China considers Mongolia  as a future source of clean energy and  so far this is focused on solar and wind , not hydropower.
2. Mongolia-Russia: …

Aral Sea, Central Asia Basins »

[2 Nov 2016 | Topics: ]

Tajikistan on October 29th started construction of the controversial $3.9 billion USD Rogun hydropower dam on the Vakhsh River. The dam – designed with a height of 335m – is part of the 3600MW Rogun hydroelectric project (started in 1976), which may become the largest hydroelectric project in the region when\if completed 20-25 years from now.
Italian construction conglomerate Salini Impregilo in July 2016 won a $3.9 billion contract to build the structure, whose opening ceremony on October 29 was presided  by President Emomali Rahmon driving a bulldozer into  the …