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[6 Dec 2018 | Topics: ]

The new Mid-term Energy Program of Mongolia disregards financial, environmental and climate commitments – may increase significantly Mongolia’s debt and carbon footprint.
For a country that just narrowly escaped financial default[1], the new energy mid—term program of Mongolia (2018- 2023) suggesting to increase current debt burden by borrowing USD 4.0 billion to expedite development of 8000 megawatts of coal-thermal energy production capacity is a reckless plan to say the least.
With current electricity generation system of Mongolia totaling around 1200 MW this is a bold increase, which will have consequences for …

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[5 Dec 2018 | Topics: ]

Among non-island nations of the world, Mongolian people, likely, are now experiencing the worst consequences of climate change and the country’s government recently publicly welcomed climate skeptics to come over and see the evidence. "Do not wait until it gets You!" appealed to other governments Mongolia Foreign Minister Tsogtbaatar . However, despite having enormous solar and wind resources, Mongolia is not willing to lead by its own example. Instead it is planning for a 9 – fold increase of its coal-thermal generation.
On October 24, 2018 Government …

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[3 Sep 2018 | Topics: ]

 
Today, the Rivers without Boundaries International Coalition published in three languages the following Statement on misconduct of the World Bank’s MINIS Project.
September 4, 2018   

On Public Consultations for Terms of Reference for Regional Environmental Assessment of Dam Impacts in Selenge/Baikal Basin
The Rivers without Boundaries Coalition (RwB) regrets to inform that our attempts to request meaningful public consultations for Regional Environmental Assessment (REA) have been ignored by the Mining Infrastructure Investment Support (MINIS) Project Management Unit (PMU) and the World Bank Management officials. We have a grave concern that the …

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New IBRD’s Mongolia Economic Update Report "… takes a closer look at public investment programs implemented over the past five years, which surged until 2015, contributing to large increases in public finance deficits and the public debt. Mongolia needs to review and reshape its public investment policies and decision-making processes to improve efficiency of public spending, including clear project selection and prioritization criteria, as well as proper maintenance of existing assets."
The Rivers without Boundaries (RwB) International Coalition welcomes the IBRD recommendations to fully reform current harmful practices of project …

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[31 Aug 2018 | Topics: ]

Yesterday, the WB MINIS Project concluded “commenting period” for the “Final Draft Terms of Reference for a Regional Environmental Assessment for the Selenge River basin and Lake Baikal area  in the context of the proposed  Shuren Hydro-power Plant and Orkhon Water Diversion Projects  “(REA  ToR).
The document presented on the web-site was the second version of this ToR, which has been improved following extensive comments made at “Mongolian-Russian Bilateral Expert Consultations” – closed official process that took place in spring 2018. The original draft REA  ToR to which experts  provided those …

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[15 Jul 2018 | Topics: ]

China’s National  World Heritage Committee keeps its word! Three years ago  Dr. Du Yue, secretary general of the Chinese delegation at the World Heritage Committee Session,  listened to the RwB representative lamenting that Chinese Exim Bank was about to support the Egiin Gol Hydro Project in  Mongolia which may threaten Lake Baikal World Heritage site  and joyfully responded: “Times changed, this is unlikely to happen. And if You wait for several years, You will see China itself removing dams that affect World Heritage”. Since he was laughing, we decided that …