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[27 Mar 2016 | Topics: ]

 
RwB’s International Coordinator Eugene Simonov on March 5 took part  in the 2016 Annual Meeting of Heilongjiang Provincial Association for Northeast Asian Studies/  in Harbin City. Environmental Section of the Meeting gathered  members of the Amur-Okhotsk Consortium from Japan, Mongolia, China and Russia. Dr. Simonov summarized  most important environmental precautions that should be taken in conjunction with the Chinese New Silk Road Initiative.  Below we publish his short report titled “Some Environmental Issues on the Silk Road”
I) Ecological Civilization and the Silk Road
In 2015 by issuing the "Integrated Reform Plan …

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

[19 Nov 2015 | Topics: ]

 
Dear Friends:
Union of Mongolian River and Lake Movements (UMMRL) is delighted to share with you good news that Munkhbayar and Tumurbaatar were released on 6th November after the amendments to the Amnesty Law of Mongolia were finally approved. They spent in jail two years out of their original 21,5-year sentences.
Upon release Munkhbayar said to journalists: I still feel that I was falsely charged. I will make a clear statement to the public and media that I was falsely charged. I have a goal that is to lead my country …

Amur Basin, Central Asia Basins, Featured, Ob Basin, Solidarity, Yenisey Basin »

[19 Nov 2015 | Topics: ]

Seventh session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention is being held in Budapest on 17 – 19 November 2015. Convention is opening for accession by countries from outside of UNECE region. On the first day meeting participants discussed what are main objectives and geographic priorities for the expansion. Eugene Simonov representing the Rivers without Boundaries Coalition made the following intervention on acute need to expand the use of Convention’s mechanisms in the context of Silk Belt and other Eurasian development initiatives:
 
Since the last Meeting of Parties …

Baikal Lake, Mongolian Great Lakes, Solidarity »

[13 Jul 2015 | Topics: ]

 
World Heritage should be off-limits of any economic activities that may negatively affect designated sites, but nowadays increasing number of World Heritage sites are influenced by development projects. Hydropower is a leader on the list of industries encroaching upon World Heritage sites according to International Union for Conservation of Nature  – the key advisory body of the World Heritage Convention.
This year, 11 natural World Heritage sites threatened by dam projects have been discussed  by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee  gathered at its annual meeting from 28 June to 8 July …

Baikal Lake, Mongolian Great Lakes, Selenga River »

[24 Apr 2015 | Topics: ]

The following is an interview with the Head of the Policy Implementation Department of the Ministry of Energy of Mongolia Ts.Bayarbaatar about various hydro power plant projects and international responsibilies of his country. On March 30-31 Ts.Bayarbaatar took part in negotiations with Russia at which Mongolia refused to make open to Russian side impact assessment process of planned hydropower dams on the Selenge river. This text exemplifies prevailing way of thinking about development  in the in certain ruling circles. Recommended eye-opening reading for any international donor agencies and diplomats …