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[3 Jan 2018 | Topics: ]

Yamal LNG shipping scenarios. Source: Novatek
More than a year has passed since several conservation NGOs addressed Chinese state banks (the China Development Bank (CDB), China Exim Bank, and the Silk Road Fund) raising deep concerns regarding environmental and social impacts of the Yamal LNG Project. We got no response either from Chinese financiers or from Chinese agencies overseeing  overseas investment. In December 2017 a case-study on this project was published by the Friends of the Earth US in a book "Investing in a green Belt&Road? Assessing implementation of China’s Green …

Ob Basin, Solidarity »

[20 Dec 2017 | Topics: ]

Both decisions claim to confront climate change…
Long-awaited decision to create Vasyugansky Mire Zapovednik (a strict scientific nature reserve) was made on December 16 by the Russian government .
A 6148 square km. nature reserve will be created within The Great Vasyugansky Mire, the largest swamp system in the Northern Hemisphere, which is located in the Tomsk and Novosibirsk regions. The reserve will preserve the unique and diverse ecosystem, which is of great significance for nature conservation.

Picture Source: http://vivareit.ru/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/vasug_bolot.jpg
Creation of this nature reserve was included into the "Plan for Implementing …

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

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, John Knox assessed how Mongolia is promoting human rights in the context of environmental protection. Knox has stayed in Mongolia since 19 Sep 2017 and met with ministries, lawyers, parliament members and representatives of international and regional organizations. On September 27 he presented his preliminary observations.

Knox, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights obligations related to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment, called for Mongolia to develop progressive initiatives to eliminate harmful effects of …

Greening Silk Road, Ob Basin, Ob River »

[11 Feb 2017 | Topics: ]

Three months ago the Rivers without Boundaries Coalition, Ecodelo Alliance and Biodiversity Conservation Center send detailed inquiries to Chinese investors of Yamal LNG Project at the mouth of the great Russian Ob River. In last three years massive investments by China Development Bank, China Export Import Bank and the Silk Road Fund saved this project from being frozen in the midst of sanctions and therefore those financial institutions share major responsibility for mitigating its impacts on fragile Arctic nature and indigenous people.The Ob River is one of the largest …

Central Asia Basins, Ob Basin, Ob River »

[26 May 2016 | Topics: ]

Altai floodwater could be sent to parched Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China, says Russian agriculture minister.

Picture by Sarukhanov. Novaya Gazeta.
‘We are ready to offer the project of the transfer of fresh water from the Altai region of Russia through Kazakhstan to arid Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China,’ said the minister. In the near future we will hold consultations with our colleagues from Kazakhstan on this issue.’ He said the plan could be implemented without any damage to ecology. Tkachev said that Russia can spare from 70 to …