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Amur Basin, Central Asia Basins, Featured, Ob Basin, Solidarity, Yenisey Basin »

[19 Nov 2015 | Topics: ]

Seventh session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention is being held in Budapest on 17 – 19 November 2015. Convention is opening for accession by countries from outside of UNECE region. On the first day meeting participants discussed what are main objectives and geographic priorities for the expansion. Eugene Simonov representing the Rivers without Boundaries Coalition made the following intervention on acute need to expand the use of Convention’s mechanisms in the context of Silk Belt and other Eurasian development initiatives:
 
Since the last Meeting of Parties …

Amur Basin, Featured, Solidarity, Yenisey Basin »

[15 Jul 2015 | Topics: ]

The 9th International Conference
“the Rivers of Siberia and the Far East”
Irkutsk, Russia
November, 10-11, 2015

The Second Announcement
The 9-th International Conference “The Rivers of Siberia and the Far East” will be held on November, 10-11, 2015 in Irkutsk City, Russia near Lake Baikal.
The Conference is dedicated to river conservation issues in Siberia and the Russian Far East as well as other regions, sharing domestic and international experience.
We invite you and your colleagues to participate in this conference.
Please notify us of your participation via e-mail before July 31, 2015.
Please complete …

Angara River, Baikal Lake, Featured, Selenga River »

[13 Jul 2015 | Topics: ]

This session of the World Heritage Committee (WHC) was crucial for the Lake Baikal: WHC had to decide whether to allow it to become a technocratic reservoir system managed primarily for hydropower in the interest of industry or it should be managed as a World Heritage site for the benefit of the humankind and local people. The Lake is threatened by unnatural regulation of water level by existing Irkutsk Hydro in Russia and by planned hydropower cascade on its main tributary Selenge River in Mongolia.
Civil Society Groups at the conference …

Baikal Lake, Mongolian Great Lakes, Solidarity »

[13 Jul 2015 | Topics: ]

 
World Heritage should be off-limits of any economic activities that may negatively affect designated sites, but nowadays increasing number of World Heritage sites are influenced by development projects. Hydropower is a leader on the list of industries encroaching upon World Heritage sites according to International Union for Conservation of Nature  – the key advisory body of the World Heritage Convention.
This year, 11 natural World Heritage sites threatened by dam projects have been discussed  by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee  gathered at its annual meeting from 28 June to 8 July …

Solidarity »

[3 Aug 2013 | Topics: ]

 
 
THE 8th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE “RIVERS OF SIBERIA AND THE FAR EAST” was held in Irkutsk, June 6-7 2013.
The conference was attended by 100 representatives of public environmental organizations, scientific and educational institutions, governmental organizations, energy and hydraulic engineering companies and design organizations from 16 regions of Russia, international environmental organizations,the expert community and the public from China, Mongolia, USA, Australia, Central and South-East Asia, as well as head of the Environment Division of the UN European Economic Commission.
The main topics of the conference were:
? The scientific basis for biodiversity …