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The title is “We and Amur River Floods -Lesson (Un)learned?”
In 2013-16 the RwB, WWF and other conservation groups joined forces with the East Siberia Branch of the Russian Research Institute for Integrated Use and Protection of Water Resources (VostokNIIVH) to develop a comprehensive review of integrated flood management. While seeking to introduce full array of approaches to flood management this book is focusing on Amur-Heilong River transboundary basin and is intended to promote there climate adaptation, ecosystem-based river basin management, strategic environmental assessment of development options related to flood …

Amur Basin, Featured, Greening Silk Road »

[5 Sep 2017 | Topics: ]

 

On August 29, 2017 the  Board of Directors approved Report on “corporate social responcibility” and sustainable development of RusHydro for 2016. RusHydro claims that the Report underwent public hearings, but, likely, similar to the 2015 these were again  public hearings by invitation only and draft Report was not released for comments by the public. Last year our colleagues informed RusHydro that such consultations are inconsistent with best international practice. Meanwhile RusHydro claims that the report was prepared in compliance with GRI standards G4 and accommodates recommendation from stakeholders received …

Angara River, Baikal Lake, Greening Silk Road, Mongolian Great Lakes, Selenga River, Solidarity »

[2 Sep 2017 | Topics: ]

 

High and ever increasing prices for electricity exported from Russia to Mongolia is the most commonly quoted reason for Mongolia’s plans to build its own large hydropower. In case of Lake Baikal Basin this looks especially true, since part of water that rotates turbines at Angara Hydropower Cascade (belongs to En+Group) comes from Selenge river in Mongolia. During last 6 months several different new transmission lines for additional electricity exports for lower prices were proposed by Russian Grid Co, Republic  of Buryatia, other entities. However promise of new cheap …

Greening Silk Road, Solidarity »

[1 Sep 2017 | Topics: ]

Villagers affected by controlled flooding at Cambodia’s Lower Sesan 2 hydropower dam petitioned the country’s prime minister Hun Sen and the Ministry of Interior on Tuesday for their help in being allowed to remain on their land, sources said. The USD 800  Lower Sesan II hydropower project, a joint venture between China’s Hydrolancang International, Cambodia’s Royal Group, and a state-owned Vietnamese firm, began pre-operation testing on July 15, flooding parts of Srekor and Kbal Romeas villages, where some locals have refused to leave and turned down compensation …

Baikal Lake, Greening Silk Road, Selenga River »

 
In the beginning of August the President of Russian Federation undertook a series of activities devoted to freshwater ecosystems :
On August 2 he harpooned a large pike in Siberia. A video of this hunt shown  by TV to Russian population was intended to promote  further support for nature conservation and  animal protection.
On August 3 the President  switched on three turbines of newly built 320 MW Lower Bureya Hydro, a new station now producing electricity in the Far East  region known for gross surplus in electricity and unwillingness of …