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[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 …

Mongolian Great Lakes, Onon River, Selenga River, Solidarity »

[26 Feb 2015 | Topics: ]

 
International environmental and civil rights groups are outraged by the Great Khural (Mongolian Parliament) passing amendments  to the Law with the Long Name (LLN) on the last day  of Lunar year. Exact amendments as of yesterday were not available to the public and even to ministry officials, but information was leaked that changes are  related to granting license-holder with a right to exploit their deposits for two-years despite the fact those deposits are located in water and forest protection zones. 

The package that was discussed on February 18th contain …

Amur Basin, Mongolian Great Lakes, Selenga River, Uldz River »

[21 Feb 2015 | Topics: ]

General situation with the “LAW TO  PROHIBIT MINERAL EXPLORATION AND MINING OPERATIONS AT HEADWATERS OF RIVERS, PROTECTED ZONES OF WATER RESERVOIRS AND FORESTED AREAS”
5 years and 6 months have already passed since the adoption of the Law on Prohibiting Mineral Exploration and Extraction Near Water Sources, Water Protection Zones and Forests (Law with Long Name-LLN).
These days new government is planning to again work on changes to this law and doing everything to amend or revoke it. United Movement of Mongolian Rivers and Lakes has been working hard locally to …