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[9 Apr 2017 | Topics: ]

Chief Researcher from Baikalsky Biosphere Reserve testifying on possible threats to the Lake Baikal ecosystems at the WB consultations in Kabansk, Russia, March 2017.(Photo: RwB)
 
Kenneth Rapoza has published in “Forbes” a detailed account of the several  potentially damaging dams planned in Lake Baikal basin in Mongolia. We publish excerpts:
The biggest fresh water lake in the world is under attack…again…this time from Mongolian power companies with help from the World Bank looking to build two hydroelectric dams that draw from an important Russian river.
Last week, the World Bank held public hearings …

Amur River, Baikal Lake, Greening Silk Road, Selenga River, Solidarity »

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). …

Amur River, Greening Silk Road, Solidarity »

[6 Feb 2017 | Topics: ]

In August 2016 we draw Your attention to the leading "new clean energy" company Hanergy, which suffered a severe failure at HK Stock Exchange, and then proposed to Russian Ministry for Development of the Far East to revive an old plan for a giant dam to harness flow of the greatest untamed river of Asia. This attempted murder of the Amur River  was halted by swift concerted action by environmental journalists, WWF-Russia, other RwB Coalition-members and allies, indigenous groups, local experts in academia and resource management agencies. Even Russian …

Angara River, Baikal Lake, Greening Silk Road, Selenga River »

[20 Jul 2016 | Topics: ]

 

The 40th session of the WHC held  in Istanbul ended prematurely due to unsuccessful coup in Turkey. Nevertheless it adopted a powerful Decision on safeguarding the Lake Baikal  World Heritage Site against negative impacts both in Russia and in Mongolia. Despite attempts of Mongolian delegation, that included the Director of the World Bank MINIS Project  Mr.. Enkhbaatar and 9 more officials, to  soften the language of the decision, the committee adopted it as drafted  and posted on web-site by the World Heritage Center. Since nothing has been done by …

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

 
Good news came from activists living at the confluence of Selenge and Egiin Gol rivers in Mongolia – as of June 25th “preparatory works” by Gezhouba Int. Co. for  Egiin Gol Hydro dam  construction still have not resumed. The RwB hopes this is a healthy sign that  responsible  agencies in China are seriously assessing risks and consequences of  large dam building in the Baikal Basin. Recent appeal by President Putin to his Mongolian and Chinese colleagues may even make them consider  alternatives to costly hydropower  construction in water-deficient Mongolia. By …