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[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 …

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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 …

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[25 Jun 2016 | Topics: ]

Trilateral talks took place in Tashkent between President Vladimir Putin, President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping and President of Mongolia Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj on June 23, 2016. As three presidents witnessed the signing of the Programme to Establish the China-Mongolia-Russia Economic Corridor (one of 6 New Silk road routes) , President Putin said the following:
I want to say that we are seeing positive changes taking place before our very eyes in environmental cooperation throughout the entire region. I know that Mongolia plans to build hydroelectricity facilities in the …

Amur Basin, Central Asia Basins, Featured, Greening Silk Road, Yenisey Basin »

[22 Jun 2016 | Topics: ]

 
I represent the Rivers without Boundaries International Coalition (RwB), that works for sustainable management of transboundary river basins in Northern Eurasia -Russia, Mongolia and Central Asia.
I am here to raise awareness of potential challenges induced by China’s New Silk Road Strategy that is becoming a driver for development in the whole pan-European region.
By now 70 countries already take part in it, majority of them are UNECE Member States and many are Parties to different UNECE environmental agreements.

Shift to Green Economy is the main focus of this EfE …

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[29 May 2016 | Topics: ]

 

Mongolian governmental news agency MONTSAME  covering  Russian-Mongolian expert meeting on hydropower plans in Baikal Lake basin instead of official report published quote from the Facebook account of an engineer responsible for Egiin Gol Hydro construction:
"On May 24 Russian and Mongolian authorities inked a protocol where the Russian Federation recognizes that the construction of Hydropower Plant of River Eg is subject of Mongolia’s international affairs, according to the Facebook post by D.Odkhuu, the leader of River Eg Hydropower Plant Project unit.
With the signing of the above document, works of …

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The Silk Road Initiative lacks clear environmental safeguards and specific green development guidelines. The China-backed Egin Gol Hydropower Project in Mongolia could disturb the sensitive ecosystem of the lake.
Every Chinese person knows about one place in Siberia – Lake Baikal. It is not necessarily famous for its unique biodiversity or for being the deepest lake in the world.  Every winter, radio broadcasts warn Chinese listeners about “cold air masses that are moving in from the Lake Baikal…”
Chinese people are beginning to value Lake Baikal and are increasingly coming as tourists …