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Baikal Lake, Selenga River »

 
Anson Mackay, Professor of Environmental Change at UCL (UK), conducts research on detecting pollution in Lake Baikal and the Selenga River. His short article “Lake Baikal: incredible ecosystem threatened by Mongolian dam and pipeline” shows how new dam initiatives of Mongolia may drastically exacerbate already existing problems of unique Lake Baikal.

The Baikal seal is found nowhere else on Earth. Sergey Gabdurakhmanov, CC BY
 
Mongolia is hoping a massive dam on its largest river could provide much needed power and water for the country’s booming mining industry. However environmental groups are concerned …

Mongolian Great Lakes, Onon River, Selenga River, Solidarity »

[26 Feb 2015 | Topics: ]

 
International environmental and civil rights groups are outraged by the Great Khural (Mongolian Parliament) passing amendments  to the Law with the Long Name (LLN) on the last day  of Lunar year. Exact amendments as of yesterday were not available to the public and even to ministry officials, but information was leaked that changes are  related to granting license-holder with a right to exploit their deposits for two-years despite the fact those deposits are located in water and forest protection zones. 

The package that was discussed on February 18th contain …

Amur Basin, Mongolian Great Lakes, Selenga River, Uldz River »

[21 Feb 2015 | Topics: ]

General situation with the “LAW TO  PROHIBIT MINERAL EXPLORATION AND MINING OPERATIONS AT HEADWATERS OF RIVERS, PROTECTED ZONES OF WATER RESERVOIRS AND FORESTED AREAS”
5 years and 6 months have already passed since the adoption of the Law on Prohibiting Mineral Exploration and Extraction Near Water Sources, Water Protection Zones and Forests (Law with Long Name-LLN).
These days new government is planning to again work on changes to this law and doing everything to amend or revoke it. United Movement of Mongolian Rivers and Lakes has been working hard locally to …

Mongolian Great Lakes, Onon River, Selenga River, Solidarity, Uldz River »

[28 Apr 2014 | Topics: ]

 
Goldman Environmental Prize winner Munkhbayar, who in January 2014 was sentenced to almost 22 years in jail, as well as four of his friends from the Gal Undesten Movement, won significant reductions in their sentences in the City Court of Ulan Baatar.  They were protecting the law prohibiting mining in sensitive areas from being abolished. See THE SHORT HISTORY OF THE LAW WITH LONG NAME. Goldman Environmental Prize winner of 2014 Suren Gazaryan believes  that  the Munkhbayar’s case demonstrates wider tendency of  increased persecution of environmental activists.

Picture from January …

Solidarity »

[29 Jan 2014 | Topics: ]

Earthworks urges You to tell Mongolian authorities to protect their environmental law!!!

 
 
 
 
 
 
Dear friend,
An environmental champion
In 2009, Mongolian activist and Goldman Environmental Prize winner Tsetsegee Munkhbayar successfully convinced Parliament to pass long overdue protection of Mongolia’s precious water resources from mining’s impacts.
The mining industry fights back
In response to Munkhbayar’s success, the mining industry is pressing the Mongolian Government to cancel the implementation of this law in exchange for increased gold production.
Sent to prison for 21 years for protecting the environment
Munkhbayar and 2 of his colleagues were arrested when protesting changes to …