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The WB Inspection Panel recognized that 2015 Request for Inspection "had placed the MINIS project on a positive trajectory…"

Finally it is all over! The World Bank Inspection Panel after 2,5 years of close supervision decided not to investigate compliant submitted by Mongolian and Russian citizens concerned with intended feasibility study of Shuren Hydropower and the Orkhon Gobi Water Diversion projects in Lake Baikal Basin.
The Panel justifies its soft decision by obvious improvement in MINIS Project consultation mechanisms and promises to reshuffle completely the intended set of studies, committing …

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At the 41 Session of the World Heritage Committee in Krakow, the RwB Coalition representatives had fruitful discussions with the delegation of the State of Kuwait and presented the following letter to  : H.E. Dr. Meshal Johar Hayat , Ambassador and Permanent Delegate, Permanent Delegation of the State of Kuwait to UNESCO:
 
RE: Kuwait-Mongolia Energy Cooperation and World Heritage Convention
Your Excellency:
The State of Kuwait is known as a true friend which seeks to develop long-term mutually beneficial relations with Mongolia. Kuwait’s assistance to development of most needed road network in …

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[30 May 2017 | ]

Local Buryat community thanks China Exim Bank for abstaining from harmful hydropower project, but the Government of Mongolia and construction companies still hope to revive it.
In November 2015, the Egiin-Gol Hydropower Plant was named among the five largest projects of the Sino-Mongolian cooperation within the framework of the Silk Road (Belt and road) Initiative and China allocated a $ 1 billion soft loan to support it’s construction. Thus, Mongolia and China actually have refused to implement the decisions of the 39th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee that in …

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The Rivers without Boundaries International Coalition believes that the decision on development of a new state company for construction of the "Eg River Hydro" on the tributary of the Selenge River is an intentional escalation of tensions associated with hydropower construction in the Baikal Lake Basin. The RwB regrets this decision has been made during on-going public consultations on Selenge basin hydropower planning, which sent a clear signal of disrespect for consultation process to all participating stakeholders. The RwB hopes that in order to dispel misunderstanding the Government of Mongolia …

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A proposal to divert Siberian lake water to China’s arid northwest meets with opposition, writes Eugene Simonov for the China Dialogue

Lake Baikal in Russia holds 20% of the earth’s freshwater supplies and harbours at least 2,500 species, most of them found nowhere else (Image: Eugene Simonov)
 
Prologue
If not to consider seriously Baikal-China Sky Way String Transport proposed by Belorussian entrepreneur Yunitsky, there are only three imaginable forms for Lake Baikal water exports: in bottles\plastic containers, in cisterns by rail and by a specially built pipeline. Dr. Sherstyankin of Irkutsk Limnology in …