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[6 Nov 2017 | ]

The IPO Prospectus that was made public over the weekend by the En+Group (ENPL) and contains numerous inconsistencies and omissions. In the relevant "Risks" and the "Health, Security and Environment" sections, the Prospectus does not disclose specific environmental and social risks related to exploitation of large hydropower- the spine bone of the Group’s business. However in less prominent parts the document finally contains recognition that the En+ causes negative impacts to the Lake Baikal, which is a World Heritage Site.

Map of Principle assets of the En+ (Source-Prospectus)
Earlier this …

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[13 Oct 2017 | ]

 

The title is “We and Amur River Floods -Lesson (Un)learned?”
In 2013-16 the RwB, WWF and other conservation groups joined forces with the East Siberia Branch of the Russian Research Institute for Integrated Use and Protection of Water Resources (VostokNIIVH) to develop a comprehensive review of integrated flood management. While seeking to introduce full array of approaches to flood management this book is focusing on Amur-Heilong River transboundary basin and is intended to promote there climate adaptation, ecosystem-based river basin management, strategic environmental assessment of development options related to flood …

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[5 Sep 2017 | ]

 

On August 29, 2017 the  Board of Directors approved Report on “corporate social responcibility” and sustainable development of RusHydro for 2016. RusHydro claims that the Report underwent public hearings, but, likely, similar to the 2015 these were again  public hearings by invitation only and draft Report was not released for comments by the public. Last year our colleagues informed RusHydro that such consultations are inconsistent with best international practice. Meanwhile RusHydro claims that the report was prepared in compliance with GRI standards G4 and accommodates recommendation from stakeholders received …

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[8 Aug 2017 | ]

 
In the beginning of August the President of Russian Federation undertook a series of activities devoted to freshwater ecosystems :
On August 2 he harpooned a large pike in Siberia. A video of this hunt shown  by TV to Russian population was intended to promote  further support for nature conservation and  animal protection.
On August 3 the President  switched on three turbines of newly built 320 MW Lower Bureya Hydro, a new station now producing electricity in the Far East  region known for gross surplus in electricity and unwillingness of …

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[3 Aug 2017 | ]

The WB Inspection Panel recognized that 2015 Request for Inspection "had placed the MINIS project on a positive trajectory…"

Finally it is all over! The World Bank Inspection Panel after 2,5 years of close supervision decided not to investigate compliant submitted by Mongolian and Russian citizens concerned with intended feasibility study of Shuren Hydropower and the Orkhon Gobi Water Diversion projects in Lake Baikal Basin.
The Panel justifies its soft decision by obvious improvement in MINIS Project consultation mechanisms and promises to reshuffle completely the intended set of studies, committing …