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Central Asia Basins, Greening Silk Road »

[24 Nov 2020 | Topics: ]

Since the announcement of its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in 2013, China has overtaken Russia to become the largest investor in Central Asian economies, attracted by the region’s mineral deposits and hydrocarbons, economic opportunities for Chinese products and the desire to ensure stability and security in its western Xinjiang region. Reflecting these motivations, Chinese investment has mainly been in infrastructure and extractive industries, which has brought an array of negative environmental impacts and social tensions to the region.It is …

Solidarity, World Heritage Convention »

[9 Nov 2020 | Topics: ]

Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres accused these peaceful people of “eco-terrorism” (Eugene Simonov of RwB and Harry Burkitt of Colong Foundation touring Warragamba Dam )

Last Friday the RwB Coordinator Eugene Simonov was awake till 5 a.m. in Moscow taking part in dam investigation hearings half a world apart . Together with Mr.Sai Khur Hseng,  the Coordinator of Shan Sapawa Environmental Organization in Myanmar, he was standing witness to present evidence submitted by 20 environmental and indigenous NGOs around the world regarding the …

Featured, Gobi Groundwater Basins, Greening Silk Road, Kherlen River, Paris vaut une barrage(?), Selenga River, Solidarity »

[1 Nov 2020 | Topics: ]

Vulnerable Kherlen River the victim of water diversion plans

Before 2000 there were no mines in
South Gobi apart from the state-run Tavan Tolgoi coal mine. But over the past
two decades, foreign investment has flooded in, with companies now operating 12
large mines, including Rio Tinto’s Oyu Tolgoi, one of the world’s biggest
copper and gold mines. Driven by the mining industry’s growing demands, the
government estimates that the region’s groundwater will run dry within a few
years.

Much of Mongolia’s water is in the
north, and the government now plans to pipe this water to the arid …

Greening Silk Road, Solidarity »

[8 Sep 2020 | Topics: ]

Belarusian security officials detained Irina Sukhi, an environmental activist who campaigned against a nuclear power plant built in Belarus near the border with Lithuania by Rosatom, a Russian state-owned company. The arrest was reported on Sunday by Ms. Sukhi’s daughter, Sophie Sadovskaya. She is a member of the council of environmental group Ecohome (EcoDom member of RADA) and Green Net (Zelena Setka) environmental movement. On behalf of Belarus environmental groups Ms. Sukhi took part in formation of Green Silk Road Initiative at 2016 conference in Moscow organized by …

Arctic, Featured, Solidarity »

An appeal of AborigenForum network to Elon Musk, the head of the Tesla company in the aftermath of Norilsk oil spill

Ambarnaya River poisoned by diesel spill

Corporate Secretary, Tesla, Inc. 3500 Deer Creek Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304 United States

Dear Mr. Elon Musk,

We are addressing you as
representatives of Russian Indigenous Peoples.

We stand united as “Aborigen Forum,” an
informal association of experts, activists, leaders and organizations of
Indigenous small-numbered peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East of the
Russian Federation. Aborigen Forum’s work focuses on protecting and
implementing the rights of indigenous peoples in …

Greening Silk Road, Solidarity »

[22 Jul 2020 | Topics: ]

Dear China, it’s time to talk!!!

Despite saying it takes multilateral cooperation seriously, China has not yet responded to civil society concerns in Latin America

Giant Dam in Ecuador built by Chinese corporations

At the end of April, 263 civil
society groups from around the world sent a letter
to the heads of various Chinese institutions about financial aid to help
coronavirus-affected projects connected to the Belt and Road Initiative,
China’s global infrastructure programme. They asked for support not to be given
to projects that had posed social, environmental, climatic or financial risks
before the pandemic struck.

Crucially, in …