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[5 Apr 2021 | ]

The shore of Siberia’s Lake Baikal that has seen the building of most hotels is now covered by algae caused by releasing untreated waste into the water. Every wave brings more algae [Image by: Vitaliy Ryabtsev]

After the closure of the Baikal cellulose-paper industrial complex in 2013, the main cause of pollution for the great Siberian lake became mass tourism. In 2019, the flow of tourists was three to four million per year.

One of the environmental consequences of tourism is the
pollution of the …

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[29 Apr 2020 | Topics: ]

Chinese workers celebrate completion of a hydropower project in Uzbekistan. March 2020

Global Civil Society Call on Chinese Authorities to Ensure that COVID-19 Financial Relief is Not Targeted to Harmful Projects along the Belt and Road.

On April 29, 2020, the Rivers without Boundaries along with other 260 civil society groups across the world called on the Chinese government to ensure that COVID-19 related financial relief for struggling Belt and Road projects flows only to high quality investments satisfying specific criteria, and avoid bailing out projects already mired in environmental, social, biodiversity, …

Baikal Lake, Featured, Greening Silk Road, Selenga River, World Heritage Convention »

[4 Dec 2019 | Topics: ]

Lake Baikal shore in winter (RwB)

December 3. Moscow. Mongolia and Russia have finally signed an agreement on cooperation in electric power, development of which was triggered by Mongolia’s plans to build hydropower plants in Lake Baikal basin to achieve self-sufficiency in energy sector. On the part of Mongolia, such desire was partly due to lack of long-term agreement with neighbors for reliable electricity supply at affordable price.

The necessity for such agreement has been discussed at least since 2014 and was always viewed in conjunction with difficult negotiations on …

Baikal Lake, Greening Silk Road, World Heritage Convention »

[23 Sep 2019 | ]

Baikal shore near Posolsk

On September 12 the President approved a list of instructions to ensure compliance with the Law on Lake Baikal’s conservation and environmental rehabilitation.

The Government of the Russian Federation has been instructed
to review issues pertaining to Russia’s compliance with its
commitments on the conservation of Lake Baikal
as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site; the review
of the activities of the interdepartmental commission on the conservation
of Lake Baikal and improvement of its performance;
and organisation of the work of oversight authorities
in the Baikal Nature Territory.

The instructions for the Government also include improvement of state environmental monitoring of the unique ecosystem of Lake Baikal; prevention of and response to risks of disturbing Lake Baikal’s ecosystem; analysis of the fish stocks and fishing pressure on the Lake’s biological resources.

The Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of Irkutsk Region were given …

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[30 Jul 2019 | ]

Dr.Dave Petley from the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom monitors landslide events occurring worldwide. This winter he helped to assess the landslide which blocked the Bureya River. Today he is horrified by risks posed by the Baikal Pulp and Paper Mill sludge ponds. Several days of heavy rain flooded the town of Baikalsk and exacerbated long-expected threats of mudslide that may push toxic sludge from defunct ponds into the Lake. Reports from the field are so confusing, that they show only the sad fact …

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[27 Jul 2019 | Topics: ]

On July 24 a web-journal towardfreedom.org published an article by Lital Khaikin “Between Sacred Waters and Natural Capital: Resistance to Hydroelectric Dams in Mongolia” 

Egiin Gol – still a free-flowing river

In recent years, Mongolia has sought
to expand its construction of hydroelectric dams in the northern provinces,
where large watersheds connect Mongolia to the Buryat’ Republic in Siberia.
Since the introduction of Mongolia’s Action Plan for Implementation of the
Green Development Policy for the period of 2016–2030, the country has
identified the river-systems in the northern provinces of …