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Amur Basin, Amur River, Greening Silk Road »

[1 Oct 2016 | Topics: ]

 
We always wonder how to measure progress of cooperation under China’s One Belt-One Road Initiative. Many different matrices and indices are being suggested by various authors. But some straightforward questions also help:
Does project\program develop people-oriented economy in countries-partners?
Do two sides have capacity to communicate and cooperate on equal basis?
Do partners have a joint system to assess, monitor and avoid negative environmental effects?
We do not have one simple answer, but we already have one Monument to cooperation that is  being done in a wrong way…
On Heilongjiang Province …

Greening Silk Road, Solidarity »

[23 Sep 2016 | Topics: ]

NGOs appeal to the Board of the Green Climate Fund to abstain from large dams and do better risk assessment
 
Friends of Earth initiated an appeal to the Green Climate Fund that may become another pocket to enrich large corporations and international banks instead of becoming a vehicle for sustainable development. Consideration of large hydropower in GCF portfolio shows that the Fund is likely to slip into the traps in which previously Clean Development Mechanism and other precursors were eventually caught: supporting projects that cause serious environmental and social harm in …

Amur Basin, Amur River, Argun River, Greening Silk Road, Shilka River, Ussury River »

[20 Sep 2016 | Topics: ]

The topic for the book with such teasing title  was selected due to outstanding flood that took place on transboundary Amur River in summer and autumn of 2013 and need to explore feasible options for integrated flood management jointly implemented by Russia and China.
Now, as in September 2016 the “Lionrock” typhoon again brought havoc to  villages and towns of the Far East and helpless  management agencies instead of concerted action started are again discussing “flood-prevention hydropower”, we should remove brackets in the book title: “Lessons Unlearned”. But our …

Baikal Lake, Selenga River »

[4 Aug 2016 | Topics: ]

 

OFFICIAL ANOUNCEMENT: “The WB Board on July 20 approved the Panel’s recommendation to defer for a second time a decision on whether the Panel should investigate a complaint related to the Mining Infrastructure Investment Support (MINIS) Project in Mongolia. In a February 2015 Request for Inspection, the complainants had claimed that the project is supporting two subprojects that may have potential irreversible environmental and social impacts on the Selenge River in Mongolia and on Lake Baikal in the Russian Federation. On July 27, 2015, the Board had approved the …

Baikal Lake, Selenga River, Solidarity »

[28 Jul 2016 | Topics: ]

The World Bank Group suspended the Inga-3 Hydro Project, but, likely, there are many more projects in the WB pipeline that merit similar measures say civil society experts.

The World Bank Group on July 24 has suspended disbursements of funding to the Inga-3 Hydropower Development Technical Assistance (TA). According to the WB this follows the Government of DRC’s decision to take the project in a different strategic direction to that agreed between the World Bank and the Government in 2014. This embarrassing decision should serve as a wake-up call for …