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Baikal Lake, Featured, Greening Silk Road, Selenga River »
The Rivers without Boundaries International Coalition believes that the decision on development of a new state company for construction of the "Eg River Hydro" on the tributary of the Selenge River is an intentional escalation of tensions associated with hydropower construction in the Baikal Lake Basin. The RwB regrets this decision has been made during on-going public consultations on Selenge basin hydropower planning, which sent a clear signal of disrespect for consultation process to all participating stakeholders. The RwB hopes that in order to dispel misunderstanding the Government of Mongolia …
Amur Basin, Amur River, Angara River, Baikal Lake, Central Asia Basins, Featured, Kamchatka Peninsula, Selenga River »
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: …
Featured, Greening Silk Road, Solidarity »
This Declaration was adopted at the Civil Society Workshop «The New Silk Belt and Road Initiative (BRI): Towards Responsible Social and Environmental Policies and Practices» held on November 18, 2016 in Moscow , Russia, and attended by 20 NGOs from 11 countries and is open for signing\ joining by organizations and individual activists.
We, representatives of Civil Society working for sustainable development in Eurasia, see tremendous potential opportunities for our countries, but at the same time we foresee serious social and environmental challenges related to China’s "Silk Road Economic Belt …
Amur Basin, Argun River, Featured »
Report on biodiversity, water scarcity, and transboundary river basin management in fluctuating climate.
Rivers without Boundaries Coalition continues documenting and analyzing transboundary basins of Dauria, hotspot of global biodiversity divided between China , Russia and Mongolia and not well known by the international community. New report is focusing on water resources management in Kherlen\Kelulun River transboundary basin to promote climate adaptation, ecosystem-based river basin management approach, strategic environmental assessment of development options related in water management in transboundary river basins of Dauria. Kherlen was selected as extreme example of discrepancy …
Baikal Lake, Featured, Selenga River »
Picture: Dams proposed by Mongolia in Lake Baikal basin.
Rachel Nuwer published in the New York Times a detailed report on the dire state of Lake Baikal caused by algal blooms and various forms of mismanagement. She also describes development of new hydropower in the basin as one of leading major new threats and quotes RwB Coordinator on alternative options:
….Eutrophication, however, is not the only threat to Lake Baikal.
Mongolia is planning to build up to eight hydroelectric dams on the Selenga River and its tributaries, the source of 50 …