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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 …

Amur Basin, Greening Silk Road, Mongolian Great Lakes, Selenga River, Solidarity »

[19 Oct 2017 | Topics: ]

Clean Energy Asia, a joint venture between Newcom Group and Japanese Softbank Energy, launched commercial operations for its 50MW Tsetsii wind farm in  Umnugovi Province.
The farm, consisting of 25 Vestas V90 turbines, was finished three months ahead of the scheduled commencement in December 2017. SoftBank Group chairman and chief executive Masayoshi Son said, “I’m very pleased that the commercial launch of the Tsetsii wind farm marks the first step for SoftBank Group to establish a renewable energy business in Mongolia under the Asia Super Grid project, in addition to …

Baikal Lake, Greening Silk Road, Selenga River »

[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 …

Angara River, Baikal Lake, Greening Silk Road, Selenga River »

[20 Jul 2016 | Topics: ]

 

The 40th session of the WHC held  in Istanbul ended prematurely due to unsuccessful coup in Turkey. Nevertheless it adopted a powerful Decision on safeguarding the Lake Baikal  World Heritage Site against negative impacts both in Russia and in Mongolia. Despite attempts of Mongolian delegation, that included the Director of the World Bank MINIS Project  Mr.. Enkhbaatar and 9 more officials, to  soften the language of the decision, the committee adopted it as drafted  and posted on web-site by the World Heritage Center. Since nothing has been done by …

Baikal Lake, Greening Silk Road, Selenga River »

[29 May 2016 | Topics: ]

 

Mongolian governmental news agency MONTSAME  covering  Russian-Mongolian expert meeting on hydropower plans in Baikal Lake basin instead of official report published quote from the Facebook account of an engineer responsible for Egiin Gol Hydro construction:
"On May 24 Russian and Mongolian authorities inked a protocol where the Russian Federation recognizes that the construction of Hydropower Plant of River Eg is subject of Mongolia’s international affairs, according to the Facebook post by D.Odkhuu, the leader of River Eg Hydropower Plant Project unit.
With the signing of the above document, works of …

Baikal Lake, Greening Silk Road, Selenga River, Solidarity »

[21 May 2016 | Topics: ]

Dear President Ts.Elbegdorj,

Dear Bonn Convention Secretary Dr.Chambers:
On the World Fish Migration Day[1] the Rivers without Boundaries Coalition is appealing to you on behalf of the Baikal Sturgeon – Acipenser baerii baicalensis – critically endangered creature inhabiting only Baikal-Selenge Basin in Mongolia and Russia. This species is listed in Mongolia Red Data Book, Annex 2 of the Convention on Migratory Species and other international documents. Survival of the Sturgeon as well as of other majestic fish of Baikal-Selenge Basin – such as giant trout – Hucho taimen (Tul) or Baikal Omul …