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Greening Silk Road, Solidarity »

[25 Oct 2018 | Topics: ]

 

Dam collapse Did NOT stop dams  in Laos
The July collapse of the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy saddle dam in southern Laos and the widespread disaster that followed made international headlines.
Shortly after the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy collapse displaced thousands and claimed at least 40 lives, the Mekong River Commission called the dam break a national tragedy, but also an opportunity. It’s one that “ushers in new hope for a more optimal, sustainable, and less contentious path for development of one of the greatest rivers in the world,” MRC CEO Pham Tuan Phan …

Balkhash Lake, Greening Silk Road »

[23 Oct 2018 | Topics: ]

At the Eighth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention on 12 of October 2018 in Astana, Kazakhstan,  the RwB International Coordinator Eugene Simonov delivered a presentation on freshwater ecosystem preservation in the era of “Belt and Road “.(See presentation  here)

Simonov and Mazmanyanz at the side event © Oxana Nikitina/ WWF
This side event was dedicated to a joint program of the Kazakhstan and WWF on restoration of the Ili River Delta and reintroduction of tigers. However the success of the reintroduction program is dependent on …

Baikal Lake, Featured, Selenga River »

[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 …

Gobi Groundwater Basins, Greening Silk Road, Kherlen River, Onon River, Selenga River, Uldz River »

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 …

Baikal Lake, Gobi Groundwater Basins, Greening Silk Road, Selenga River »

[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 …

Solidarity »

[25 Jul 2018 | Topics: ]

Dam-building industry has once again demonstrated its full neglect to human needs and rights.Monday evening, July 23, a  dam of the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower project in Southern Laos collapsed causing tremendous devastation in downstream villages and floodplains. This is at least the 4th major large dam failure during 2018, and with monsoon season to last for at least another 2 months it may be not the last one yet. Reservoirs are already full to the brim in Thailand, Northern India and many other Asian countries.  We publish a short …