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[30 Jul 2019 | ]

Dr.Dave Petley from the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom monitors landslide events occurring worldwide. This winter he helped to assess the landslide which blocked the Bureya River. Today he is horrified by risks posed by the Baikal Pulp and Paper Mill sludge ponds. Several days of heavy rain flooded the town of Baikalsk and exacerbated long-expected threats of mudslide that may push toxic sludge from defunct ponds into the Lake. Reports from the field are so confusing, that they show only the sad fact …

Amur Basin, Gobi Groundwater Basins, Greening Silk Road, Solidarity, World Heritage Convention, Yenisey Basin »

Source: https://news.mn/en/788315

Former Mongolian Energy Minister M.Sonompil was sentenced to four years in prison over the abuse of power on Wednesday, 24 July 2019.

M.Sonompil worked as Energy Minister between 2012 and 2016. Those were decisive years when energy development in Mongolia fell victim of corruption and political favors. Instead of pursuing less ambitious and expensive projects in improving overall energy system, rehabilitating and upgrading existing facilities and developing true renewables, the country’s elite was favoring white elephants such as 10GW Shivee-Ovoo Thermal power plant, Ulaan Baatar CHPP #5, Baganuur Thermal Power …

Solidarity, World Heritage Convention »

[29 Jul 2019 | Topics: ]

View of filling from the Ilisu Dam

Satellite image by Sentinel Hub.

The Turkish government has started filling the controversial Ilisu Dam Reservoir on the Tigris River in the Kurdish Southeast of Turkey. Photos shared on social media from the 23rd July 2019 showed how a road along the Tigris River just upstream of the dam has been flooded. New photos from  25th July 2019, show how the water level continues to rise and the reservoir now has a length of several km.

Neither the responsible state agency, the …

Baikal Lake, Greening Silk Road, Selenga River »

[27 Jul 2019 | Topics: ]

On July 24 a web-journal towardfreedom.org published an article by Lital Khaikin “Between Sacred Waters and Natural Capital: Resistance to Hydroelectric Dams in Mongolia” 

Egiin Gol – still a free-flowing river

In recent years, Mongolia has sought
to expand its construction of hydroelectric dams in the northern provinces,
where large watersheds connect Mongolia to the Buryat’ Republic in Siberia.
Since the introduction of Mongolia’s Action Plan for Implementation of the
Green Development Policy for the period of 2016–2030, the country has
identified the river-systems in the northern provinces of …

Solidarity, World Heritage Convention »

[23 Jul 2019 | Topics: ]

Work in Progress

Notes of Eco-Pilgrim
by Eugene Simonov

RwB’s Eugene Simonov spent his “Tigris River Solidarity Day” at Selune River in Normandy, where two dams are being decommissioned to restore ecosystem and spawning paths of Atlantic Salmon. These are his notes from this trip.

The hydroelectric dams
of La Roche-qui-boit and Vezins were built on the Sélune in 1914 and 1927
respectively. They constitute an insurmountable obstacle for migratory fish
that frequent this coastal river. Given the severe impacts, the unfulfilled regulatory
obligations made previously to bring them up to standard, water quality
problems generated by reservoirs, …

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[22 Jul 2019 | Topics: ]

Notes by Eugene Simonov, Rivers without
Boundaries (RwB).

Activists Organized a Demonstration in Front of the AIIB Meeting Venue

Rivers without Boundaries after two years of abstinence again took part in the annual general meeting of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. We have noticed with concern that in 2019 the AIIB in a great haste has financed its first greenfield hydropower project in Nepal (Upper Trishuli 1) and now eyes Tamakoshi V Hydro as the next project there. As BIC-Europe reported 70% of non-fossil energy generation investment of the AIIB has been spent …