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

If the Torey lakes dry up what chances they have to resurrect naturally?
Where do birds go when rivers stop flowing in Dauria?
Can the water diversion from Argun River into Dalai Lake help to protect nature?
Is Shilka River a good place for hydropower generation?
These and many other questions are systematically treated in a new book
ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE IN RIVER BASINS OF DAURIA: ECOLOGY AND WATER MANAGEMENT published in three languages by Rivers without Boundaries, WWF and Daursky Biosphere Reserve (Russian part of DIPA) in Beijing and Chita with support …

Amur Basin, Featured »

The President of Mongolia and incumbent candidate for the presidential election, Ts.Elbegdorj, during his election campaign visited Shivee Ovoo soum in Dornogobi Province, 260 kilometers south-east of Ulaanbaatar, and made a campaign promise to be attentive to the issues facing its water reserve.

Shivee Ovoo soum is a well-known soum in Mongolia, as its Shivee Ovoo coal mine supplies the majority of thermal coal to the Power Plant No.4, producer of more than 60 percent of the nation’s electric power.
Soum residents and miners stressed the severity of the Gobi region’s …

Argun River, Selenga River »

[31 Jul 2013 | Topics: ]

A story by Michelle Tolson “River diversion spells disaster” hit the nerves of Oyu Tolgoy (OT) mining company managers: they requested to add a disclaimer that  OT does not want to use any water diverted to Gobi from Orkhon or Kherlen Rivers in Mongolia. This is despite the government’s efforts to force industry to pay for water infrastructure “harnessing “ rivers by increasing price charged for groundwater. The article explains what risks related to river diversions make OT so paranoid about any public association with this subject. Interesting enough Mongolian …

Selenga River »

[26 Jun 2013 | Topics: ]

Mongolia’s first wind farm, located deep in the Mongolian Steppe, 70km from its capital, Ulaanbaatar, was officially opened in June 2013 by the Mongolian Minister of Energy, Mishig Sonompil.
Since wind and solar energy resources are much more abundant in Mongolia than potential  hydropower RwB hopes that quick development of true renewables will help to save Mongolian rivers from destruction.

While most of Mongolian nomadic herders use small wind-generators for domestic need, the large-scale wind energy is yet to be developed in the country.  The multi-million dollar Salkhit wind development, which …

Shilka River »

[13 Mar 2013 | Topics: ]

 
As the International Day of Action for Rivers approaching  in Russia  we see  unusually constructive cooperation of  local communities, NGOs, provincial governments and agencies.  Most amazing that high officials set the tone, although most of them are completely unaware of this environmental date.
On March 12th, local media
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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, …