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[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 …

Argun River, Baikal Lake, Kherlen River, Mongolian Great Lakes, Onon River, Selenga River, Uldz River »

[4 Aug 2016 | Topics: ]

Sukhgerel Dugersuren (OT Watch and RwB Mongolia cooperated with the  Front Line Defenders  to prepare a chapter of the forthcoming nonfiction graphic novel about human rights defenders challenging extractive industries around the world. We republish it with kind permission of Sukhgerel.
Mongolia is a new star on the extractive industry’s stage. Being brand new means it does not have the necessary legal framework, norms and standards aimed at protecting the environment and the rights of local communities.

The World Bank leads a team of international financial institutions, namely the International Financial …

Amur Basin, Central Asia Basins, Featured, Greening Silk Road, Yenisey Basin »

[22 Jun 2016 | Topics: ]

 
I represent the Rivers without Boundaries International Coalition (RwB), that works for sustainable management of transboundary river basins in Northern Eurasia -Russia, Mongolia and Central Asia.
I am here to raise awareness of potential challenges induced by China’s New Silk Road Strategy that is becoming a driver for development in the whole pan-European region.
By now 70 countries already take part in it, majority of them are UNECE Member States and many are Parties to different UNECE environmental agreements.

Shift to Green Economy is the main focus of this EfE …

Central Asia Basins, Ob Basin, Ob River »

[26 May 2016 | Topics: ]

Altai floodwater could be sent to parched Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China, says Russian agriculture minister.

Picture by Sarukhanov. Novaya Gazeta.
‘We are ready to offer the project of the transfer of fresh water from the Altai region of Russia through Kazakhstan to arid Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China,’ said the minister. In the near future we will hold consultations with our colleagues from Kazakhstan on this issue.’ He said the plan could be implemented without any damage to ecology. Tkachev said that Russia can spare from 70 to …