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On August 29, 2017 the  Board of Directors approved Report on “corporate social responcibility” and sustainable development of RusHydro for 2016. RusHydro claims that the Report underwent public hearings, but, likely, similar to the 2015 these were again  public hearings by invitation only and draft Report was not released for comments by the public. Last year our colleagues informed RusHydro that such consultations are inconsistent with best international practice. Meanwhile RusHydro claims that the report was prepared in compliance with GRI standards G4 and accommodates recommendation from stakeholders received …

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High and ever increasing prices for electricity exported from Russia to Mongolia is the most commonly quoted reason for Mongolia’s plans to build its own large hydropower. In case of Lake Baikal Basin this looks especially true, since part of water that rotates turbines at Angara Hydropower Cascade (belongs to En+Group) comes from Selenge river in Mongolia. During last 6 months several different new transmission lines for additional electricity exports for lower prices were proposed by Russian Grid Co, Republic  of Buryatia, other entities. However promise of new cheap …

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WE are celebrating 10-years of the project “Conservation of Threatened and Migratory Birds in the Erguna (Argun)-Midflow Transboundary Wetland, China/Russia” supported by the Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) in 2007.  This project, invented by Australian conservationist Daniel Hanisch as follow-up to his lonely guardianship  of Erguna Wetlands Nature Reserve  in Hulunbuir,  spurred development of the “Save the Argun!” – the ancestor of this RwB’s web-site and started many long-lasting partnerships. See below an article written by Claire Salisbury, CLP to celebrate World Heritage site listing.
Over a decade of research, …

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Villagers affected by controlled flooding at Cambodia’s Lower Sesan 2 hydropower dam petitioned the country’s prime minister Hun Sen and the Ministry of Interior on Tuesday for their help in being allowed to remain on their land, sources said. The USD 800  Lower Sesan II hydropower project, a joint venture between China’s Hydrolancang International, Cambodia’s Royal Group, and a state-owned Vietnamese firm, began pre-operation testing on July 15, flooding parts of Srekor and Kbal Romeas villages, where some locals have refused to leave and turned down compensation …

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In the beginning of August the President of Russian Federation undertook a series of activities devoted to freshwater ecosystems :
On August 2 he harpooned a large pike in Siberia. A video of this hunt shown  by TV to Russian population was intended to promote  further support for nature conservation and  animal protection.
On August 3 the President  switched on three turbines of newly built 320 MW Lower Bureya Hydro, a new station now producing electricity in the Far East  region known for gross surplus in electricity and unwillingness of …

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