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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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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 …

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[9 Apr 2017 | Topics: ]

Chief Researcher from Baikalsky Biosphere Reserve testifying on possible threats to the Lake Baikal ecosystems at the WB consultations in Kabansk, Russia, March 2017.(Photo: RwB)
 
Kenneth Rapoza has published in “Forbes” a detailed account of the several  potentially damaging dams planned in Lake Baikal basin in Mongolia. We publish excerpts:
The biggest fresh water lake in the world is under attack…again…this time from Mongolian power companies with help from the World Bank looking to build two hydroelectric dams that draw from an important Russian river.
Last week, the World Bank held public hearings …

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[11 Oct 2016 | Topics: ]

To: World Bank President
Re: On MINIS Project in Mongolia

Dear Dr. Kim:
Recently we learned that bidding for Regional environmental assessment (REA) and Environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) of two sub-projects (flow regulation of the Orkhon River and construction of reservoir complex project and Shuren Hydro on Selenge River) has been announced on the World Bank and MINIS Project web-sites[1]. We believe that this is a major violation of the WB rules and many previous agreements and this incident may effectively ruin the WB reputation in the region and any further …

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The Rivers without Boundaries Coalition issued the following list of urgent concerns on the way the MINIS Project is being carried out by the World Bank and Mongolian Government.
For example, written comments submitted by the RwB-Mongolia -after consultations in Bulgan Province in April 2016 were not considered when reviewing terms of reference (ToR) for environmental assessments and omitted in the response matrices. The letter also lists several other examples of inappropriate handling of public consultations and information disclosure by the MINIS Project staff. Also see Letter to Dr.Kim .