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The International Day of Action to Protect Rivers was relatively peaceful at our northern latitudes, where rivers are still covered with ice. It consisted of five environmental education events, two public lectures and two petitions released to mass-media. Such relative quietness in part is a consequence of wise and timely decision by the giant corporation RusHydro not to pursue any new sizeable hydropower projects in  coming years. Previous RusHydro’s CEO Evgeny Dod has been under arrest since last year for alleged embezzlement of 370 million rubles (USD 5 million). …

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It became a tradition every spring to propose a new mega-pipeline to quench thirst in arid corners of Asia. Last year it was done by the Russian Minister of Agriculture Mr.Tkachev , in 2013 by the President of Mongolia Elbegdorj…
The Global Times published a series of articles on a new pipedream, which were reproduced in Guardian, The Times, many other media outlets…
The Lanzhou Urban & Rural Planning and Design Institute has proposed diverting water from Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater lake in the world, to relieve Gansu Province water …

Amur Basin, Amur River, Angara River, Baikal Lake, Central Asia Basins, Featured, Kamchatka Peninsula, Selenga River »

[31 Dec 2016 | Topics: ]

An Overview

At the end 2016 the news from our sub-continent, North Eurasia, news are bittersweet but quite hopeful:
1. Mongolia-Russia-China: Chinas agencies and Exim Bank in early April 2016 have frozen a loan and preparatory construction works for 315 MW Eg River Hydro in Lake Baikal Basin in Mongolia (IR dealt with that dam in 2006) after multiple addresses from NGOs, local citizens, World Heritage Committee, etc. China considers Mongolia  as a future source of clean energy and  so far this is focused on solar and wind , not hydropower.
2. Mongolia-Russia: …

Baikal Lake, Featured, Selenga River »

Picture: Dams proposed by Mongolia in Lake Baikal basin.

Rachel Nuwer published  in the New York Times a detailed report on the dire state of Lake Baikal caused by algal blooms and various forms of mismanagement. She also describes development of new hydropower in the basin as one of leading major new threats and quotes RwB Coordinator on alternative options:
….Eutrophication, however, is not the only threat to Lake Baikal.
Mongolia is planning to build up to eight hydroelectric dams on the Selenga River and its tributaries, the source of 50 …

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[2 Nov 2016 | Topics: ]

Tajikistan on October 29th started construction of the controversial $3.9 billion USD Rogun hydropower dam on the Vakhsh River. The dam – designed with a height of 335m – is part of the 3600MW Rogun hydroelectric project (started in 1976), which may become the largest hydroelectric project in the region when\if completed 20-25 years from now.
Italian construction conglomerate Salini Impregilo in July 2016 won a $3.9 billion contract to build the structure, whose opening ceremony on October 29 was presided  by President Emomali Rahmon driving a bulldozer into  the …