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[26 Apr 2018 | Topics: ]

The WB MINIS Project reports that Meeting of Sub-working Group took place in Irkutsk
Under the Mining infrastructure Investment Support Project (MINIS), Terms of Reference (ToR) of  Regional Environmental Assessment ( REA) for the Flow Regulation of Orkhon River and Construction of Reservoir Complex (OGP ) and Shuren Hydropower Plant Projects ( SHPP) is being developed, and covers Selenge River Basin and Lake Baikal. 

To ensure bilateral cooperation the Mongolian-Russian Sub-working group was established to discuss the draft ToR of REA of hydro-technical facilities’ projects which are being planned …

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[18 Apr 2018 | Topics: ]

Rivers without Boundaries International Coalition (RwB) and Greenpeace Russia
Submission to the World Heritage Center and the IUCN. April 2018
Concerns regarding implementation of WHC decisions on Lake Baikal and recommendations for the 2018 World Heritage Committee Decision
Lake Baikal is undergoing serious environmental crisis. In 2017 among the good news was revocation by the Ministry of Natural Resources of the mining license for Kholodnenskoye Zinc deposit, which was the major step forward in ensuring lasting protection of the World Heritage Site. However, this is the only truly good news from …

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by SERGEY SHAPKHAEV
External threats and their perceptions tend to reflect differences between a society’s various segments and groups—which, in turn, stem from problems on local, regional or global levels. Certain problems can provoke public discontent and often require legislative regulation by the state. However, even in countries with well-developed civil society institutions, the state’s response can be controversial, providing little more than an illusory solution, while the actual problem remains hidden from sight, only to end up in explosive social conflict sooner or later. What …

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[1 Mar 2018 | Topics: ]

The REGNUM Information Agency published results of  a public opinion poll undertaken by “Lake Baikal” Foundation and NAFI Analytical agency among local residents of Irkutsk Region and Buryatia Republic.
61% believe that environmental condition of the Lake has seriously worsened  during last 5 years., while only 2% believe it  has improved. Perception of the main factor causing degradation has the following split:
Pollution by wastewater: 75%
Forest fires: 69%
Lowering of the Lake Baikal water level: 63%
Development of the coastline: 62%
Illegal  fishing: 58%
Algal blooms of invasive species: 62%
Tourist boom: 44%
Impact from the Irkutsk …

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[5 Nov 2017 | Topics: ]

To: Donald Brydon, CBE,
Chairman of the London Stock Exchange Group
cc: CEO, Chief Risk Officer, key management officials.
Re: En+Group IPO
Dear Mr. Brydon:
We recently learned that the En+Group is preparing for IPO at London Stock Exchange. We recognize that, in principle, public listing could help the company to become more transparent and socially responsible. We are writing to raise concerns regarding the En+ Group’s ability to meet standard information disclosure requirements as this is an area this company is failing to strengthen.
We believe that a stock market listing could …

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[20 Oct 2017 | Topics: ]

"We have achieved something of a success story," says activist Aleksandr Kolotov. "But it is far too early to celebrate victory."
 
IRKUTSK, Russia — Environmentalists in Russia’s Far East have been celebrating a small victory in a long war to protect one of the world’s great natural treasures, Lake Baikal. On September 27, the World Bank froze its tender process for a Mongolian project to construct a hydroelectric station on the Selenga River, the main inlet source for the massive lake. The environmentalists have been arguing for years that …