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Degradation of UN institutions catering to special interest groups has reached a new height. The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) in March 2018 started a partnership “Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions” with the Itaipu Binacional Hydropower (Brazil-Paraguay) company which holds the world record of annual energy production for a hydroelectric plant. It also holds a record of environmental destruction. Therefore decades after reservoir completion significant resources are still devoted by the company to offset its disastrous impact on biodiversity and well-being of local communities. In …

Aral Sea, Central Asia Basins, Featured, Greening Silk Road, Solidarity »

[17 Nov 2018 | Topics: ]

 

A magnificent show “Father of the Nation Turning on Lights to End Years of Darkness” was staged in Tajikistan on November 16 as  President Emomali Rakhmon “launched” a  model of the Rogun Hydropower Plant manufactured at 1/5 of its planned size.
Esteemed guests from Afganistan, Pakistan, Uzbekistan,Russia and other countries politely attended the show, and  Cyril Muller, World Bank Vice President for Europe and Central Asia, even delivered a spiel with an very frank oxymoron:  “Rogun hydropower plant (HPP), if embedded into broader reforms and a sound macro-fiscal framework, could …

Baikal Lake, Featured, Selenga River »

[3 Sep 2018 | Topics: ]

 
Today, the Rivers without Boundaries International Coalition published in three languages the following Statement on misconduct of the World Bank’s MINIS Project.
September 4, 2018   

On Public Consultations for Terms of Reference for Regional Environmental Assessment of Dam Impacts in Selenge/Baikal Basin
The Rivers without Boundaries Coalition (RwB) regrets to inform that our attempts to request meaningful public consultations for Regional Environmental Assessment (REA) have been ignored by the Mining Infrastructure Investment Support (MINIS) Project Management Unit (PMU) and the World Bank Management officials. We have a grave concern that the …

Baikal Lake, Featured, Greening Silk Road, Solidarity »

 
The Rivers without Boundaries Coalition addressed the World Heritage Committee which holds its 42nd Session from June 25 to July 4 in Manama, Bahrain. The RwB Coordinator, Eugene Simonov, presented a resolution “ On the Dam Damage: Water Infrastructure Threatening World Heritage” adopted by the 5th World Heritage Watch Forum held by CSOs immediately before the Session.
Podcast of Eugene’s intervention at the Session

Resolution

On the Dam Damage:
Water Infrastructure Threatening World Heritage

Impacts from water infrastructure in the basins where WH properties are located appear to be the most serious …

Amur Basin, Argun River, Featured, Greening Silk Road, Shilka River »

[5 Jun 2018 | Topics: ]

The Amazar Pulp and Saw Mill (APSM) – the single most controversial forestry project in Siberia
Chinese Version via link: 俄罗斯造纸项目考验绿色“一带一路” 
One quarter of 214 million m3 of wood harvested in Russia is exported to China. In Asian Russia most logging is driven by signals from Chinese market. Facing growing demand for wood and shortages in domestic supply, Chinese authorities are pushing for greater imports from Russia, ignoring the fact that its neighbour will cease to be a reliable supplier within a decade. On the website …

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

[14 May 2018 | Topics: ]

The X International Conference
“Rivers of Siberia and the Far East”
Novosibirsk, Russia
12-13 October 2018

Announcement № 1
Dear Friends!

The 10th International Conference “Rivers of Siberia and the Far East” will take place 12-13 October 2018 in Novosibirsk, Russia. The conference will be dedicated to issues of sustainable development in river and lake basins in Siberia and the Far East, as well as other regions; the sharing of local and international experiences; and the generation of proposals for the community and diverse branches of authority.
We kindly request that you and your …