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[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 …

Amur Basin, Argun River, Shilka River, Torey Lakes, Uldz River »

[4 Mar 2013 | Topics: ]

The third meeting of the core group of pilot projects on adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins under the UNECE Water Convention and the first meeting of the global network of pilot projects took place on February, 20-21 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Palais des Nations, Geneva
The meeting marked the transformation of the Programme into a global network of basins working on climate change adaptation. This endeavour, carried out in cooperation with the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO), enables the comparison of methodologies and approaches, …

Amur Basin, Central Asia Basins, Irtysh River, Ob Basin, Selenga River, Uldz River »

[26 Feb 2013 | Topics: ]

 
On February 6, 2013 UNECE Water Convention became officially open to all UN members. This article summarizes our current knowledge of the Convention’s strong and soft sides and emerging challenges for world-wide river-protection civil movement that may or may not help this Convention work globally towards river ecosystem conservation.
 

Water Convention 1.01
The UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Helsinki Convention, UNECE Water Convention) so far is the most efficient UN mechanism I have seen in my life. This legal document came up on time, …

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UNECE Water Convention side event on climate
On photo adove: The panel during the side-event: Adapting to climate change in transboundary basins – future work guided by lessons learned. From L-R: Sergei Zavyalov, Head, Air and Water Impact Management, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental, Belarus; Phan Nguyen, Programme Coordinator, Climate Change and Adaptation Initiative, Mekong River Commission Secretariat; Vasyl Stashuk, Head, State Agency of Water Resources,
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Amur Basin, Argun River, Featured »

[5 Nov 2012 | Topics: ]

On October 31, 2012 the Greenpeace East Asia and partners held a workshop in Beijing to discuss impacts of coal industry on rivers and environmental security in arid regions of China as a follow-up to “Thirsty Coal” report published in August 2012.
Aliona Zenkova of Rivers without Boundaries Coalition (RwB) reported findings of “Dauria Going Dry” Pilot Project initiated in cooperation with Dauria International Protected Area (DIPA) and WWF-Russia under auspices of the UNECE Convention on Transboundary Waters and the Ramsar Convention. The key question that the Project considers …