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[27 Aug 2020 | Topics: ]

Source: GEIDCO 2018

Lena is one the 10 greatest rivers of the world, and its basin is the least affected by hydropower dams and other water infrastructure. So far only one major tributary – the Viluy river has two dams (one of those unfinished due to lack of demand for energy).

During several decades harnessing hydropower potential of Lena basin was proposed many times by Russian and Chinese engineers and investors. The map above has been produced by Global energy Interconnection Development Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO – a global lobbyist initiated …

Amur River, Featured, Greening Silk Road, Solidarity »

Dam on Amazar River that degrades habitat of giant Taimen Salmon (by RwB)

We do have both good and bad news from the Amazar River -the uppermost tributary of the Amur-Heilong, which was blocked by dam for alleged needs of the Amazar Pulp and Saw Mill “Polaris”( 阿玛扎尔林浆一体化项目 ) – being built by Heilongjiang Xingbang International Investment Co。 ( 黑龙江兴邦国际资源投资股份有限公司 ) with support of a loan from China Development Bank. The Polaris Project also threatens last remaining intact boreal forests on Sino-Russian border.

This unfinished project initiated in 2004 has …

Amur Basin, Argun River, Featured, Greening Silk Road, Shilka River »

[5 Jun 2018 | Topics: ]

The Amazar Pulp and Saw Mill (APSM) – the single most controversial forestry project in Siberia
Chinese Version via link: 俄罗斯造纸项目考验绿色“一带一路” 
One quarter of 214 million m3 of wood harvested in Russia is exported to China. In Asian Russia most logging is driven by signals from Chinese market. Facing growing demand for wood and shortages in domestic supply, Chinese authorities are pushing for greater imports from Russia, ignoring the fact that its neighbour will cease to be a reliable supplier within a decade. On the website …

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An article published by Chinese scientists shows changes in fish species assemblages along  Yellow river during last 50 years due to dams diversions and invasive species
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From the beginning of the 1960s in China, 32 large and medium-size dams in the main stem and hundreds of smaller ones in the tributaries have been constructed or impounded in the 5,464-km-long Yellow River.
Authors assessed changes in fish assemblages by comparing the species presence in historical and contemporary fish data in the Yellow River from 1965 to 2015. The temporal change in species …

Baikal Lake, Essential Publications, Featured, Greening Silk Road, Selenga River »

[18 Apr 2018 | Topics: ]

Rivers without Boundaries International Coalition (RwB) and Greenpeace Russia
Submission to the World Heritage Center and the IUCN. April 2018
Concerns regarding implementation of WHC decisions on Lake Baikal and recommendations for the 2018 World Heritage Committee Decision
Lake Baikal is undergoing serious environmental crisis. In 2017 among the good news was revocation by the Ministry of Natural Resources of the mining license for Kholodnenskoye Zinc deposit, which was the major step forward in ensuring lasting protection of the World Heritage Site. However, this is the only truly good news from …

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A glimpse of hope for Siberian forests
 

Two  different events in  Russia and China may mean the beginning of the end for the Amazar Pulp and Saw Mill Project pursued by Heilongjiang Xingbang Company in Zabaikalsky Province of Russia.
In late March 2018 Greenpeace received an official reply from President’s Administration to a letter sent in late January. The reply lists among preconditions for completion of the Amazar Mill some of very familiar arguments that the RwB raised for years such as:
– need to update EIA and expand it to assess …