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[27 Mar 2016 | Topics: ]

RwB’s International Coordinator Eugene Simonov on March 5 took part  in the 2016 Annual Meeting of Heilongjiang Provincial Association for Northeast Asian Studies/  in Harbin City. Environmental Section of the Meeting gathered  members of the Amur-Okhotsk Consortium from Japan, Mongolia, China and Russia. Dr. Simonov summarized  most important environmental precautions that should be taken in conjunction with the Chinese New Silk Road Initiative.  Below we publish his short report titled “Some Environmental Issues on the Silk Road”
I) Ecological Civilization and the Silk Road
In 2015 by issuing the "Integrated Reform Plan …

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

[19 Nov 2015 | Topics: ]

Dear Friends:
Union of Mongolian River and Lake Movements (UMMRL) is delighted to share with you good news that Munkhbayar and Tumurbaatar were released on 6th November after the amendments to the Amnesty Law of Mongolia were finally approved. They spent in jail two years out of their original 21,5-year sentences.
Upon release Munkhbayar said to journalists: I still feel that I was falsely charged. I will make a clear statement to the public and media that I was falsely charged. I have a goal that is to lead my country …

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

[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 …

Balkhash Lake, Central Asia Basins, Irtysh River »

[25 Feb 2014 | ]

China has a bad record when it comes to water cooperation. It was one of only three countries (along with Turkey and Burundi) to vote against the UN Watercourses Convention – the only global agreement on the use of international watercourses – when it was adopted in 1997. China controls the water flowing into neighbouring countries, as it is the upstream country for most of Asia’s major rivers. Yet China has not signed any comprehensive river treaty that regulates the distribution of water. It has also been reluctant to set …

Amur Basin, Central Asia Basins, Irtysh River, Ob Basin, Selenga River, Uldz River »

[26 Feb 2013 | Topics: ]

On February 6, 2013 UNECE Water Convention became officially open to all UN members. This article summarizes our current knowledge of the Convention’s strong and soft sides and emerging challenges for world-wide river-protection civil movement that may or may not help this Convention work globally towards river ecosystem conservation.

Water Convention 1.01
The UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Helsinki Convention, UNECE Water Convention) so far is the most efficient UN mechanism I have seen in my life. This legal document came up on time, …