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[22 Jan 2017 | Topics: ]

 

Ideas of the Green Silk Road Initiative were supported by the key foreign policy think tank in the field of Sino-Russian relations. Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) recently published an official report  of the Second International Conference “Russia and China: Taking on a New Quality of Bilateral Relations” that  consisted mostly of present and former foreign affairs officials and political science experts. The event was dedicated to mutual adjustment of Eurasian Economic Union  and the Belt and Road Initiative.The WWF-Russia with support from  other RwB members  invested time and effort …

Featured, Greening Silk Road, Solidarity »

[6 Dec 2016 | Topics: ]

 
This Declaration was adopted at the Civil Society Workshop «The New Silk Belt and Road Initiative (BRI): Towards Responsible Social and Environmental Policies and Practices» held on November 18, 2016 in Moscow , Russia, and attended by 20 NGOs  from 11 countries and is open for signing\ joining by organizations and individual activists.
We, representatives of Civil Society working for sustainable development in Eurasia, see tremendous potential opportunities for our countries, but at the same time we foresee serious social and environmental challenges related to China’s "Silk Road Economic Belt …

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 …

Amur Basin, Central Asia Basins, Featured, Greening Silk Road, Yenisey Basin »

[22 Jun 2016 | Topics: ]

 
I represent the Rivers without Boundaries International Coalition (RwB), that works for sustainable management of transboundary river basins in Northern Eurasia -Russia, Mongolia and Central Asia.
I am here to raise awareness of potential challenges induced by China’s New Silk Road Strategy that is becoming a driver for development in the whole pan-European region.
By now 70 countries already take part in it, majority of them are UNECE Member States and many are Parties to different UNECE environmental agreements.

Shift to Green Economy is the main focus of this EfE …

Greening Silk Road »

[27 May 2016 | Topics: ]

 
The first time a UN regional body established explicit cooperative program to facilitate sustainable development on the New Silk Road (OBOR). And we are happy to see that UNESCAP Secretary clearly outlines key obvious problems already  challenging implementation of the OBOR Initiative: lack of multilateral decision-making mechanisms and unsustainable bias towards resource extraction with lack of social and environmental safeguards and transparent risk assessment processes in general.

Last month China and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) have signed a cooperation document to …