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[26 May 2021 | ]

Kherlen River in Mongolia (flowing to Dalainor Lake Ramsar wetland in China) is threatened by damming and water transfer to supply coal mining enterprises in Gobi Desert

Banks called
upon to take action to protect biodiversity ahead of UN Biodiversity Conference
in Kunming

Today, 24
organisations and civil society alliances based in 16 countries sent an open
letter to 55 private sector banks globally, calling on them to take
concrete action to help protect biodiversity and safeguard the rights of
Indigenous and local communities. (1)

The signatories
seek commitments from banks to adopt a “No Go” policy for high biodiversity …

Central Asia Basins, Greening Silk Road »

[24 May 2021 | Topics: ]

Living Asia Portal published a story about a conference featuring the report
made by the RwB International Coordinator.

“Meken” – Kyrgyz nationalist movie about “Belt and Road Initiative” project

The Ecological Civilization Policy was issued
as an official
document by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CCCPC)
and the State Council of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on September 21,
2015[1].
Since then it was transformed into the signature policy of Chinese supreme leadership.
The President of China, Mr. Xi Jinping, during his speech at a plenary session
of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum said: …

Solidarity, World Heritage Convention »

[20 May 2021 | Topics: ]

Hydro-engineering war against nature and people has further escalated in the Tigris River Basin. In 2020 Turkey completed infamous Ilisu Hydropower project (see “Test killing” of Tigris River by Turkish Authorities Has Started ), while in early 2021 Iran diverted part of Lesser Zab River to replenish Urmia Lake (see Water Transfer Projects Threaten the Lesser Zab River in Iraq! ). Responding to these external threats the Government of Iraq has re-initiated work to expand Makhoul Dam on Tigris river to hold additional 3 cubic kilometers of water. …

Amur Basin, Arctic, Featured, Kamchatka Peninsula, Lena River, Ob Basin, Solidarity, Yenisey Basin »

[9 May 2021 | Topics: ]

One of the most striking speeches of the recently concluded 20th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues was the address delivered by the Vice President of the Far Eastern Federal District chapter of the Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and Far East of the Russian Federation. Liubov Odzyal spoke on the challenges many northern Indigenous Peoples are facing globally nowadays, including those in Kamchatka. The issue is the large-scale destruction of salmon, the foundation of Indigenous Peoples’ wellbeing. «Kamchatka.Live» is publishing the full text …

Aral Sea, Central Asia Basins, Greening Silk Road »

[2 May 2021 | ]

A year passed since May 1, 2020, when on the territory of Sirdaryo region of Uzbekistan, a breakthrough of the reservoir dam occurred, causing a flood. Buildings, roads, communications were destroyed. More than 60 thousand residents were evacuated in Uzbekistan and similar number in flooded districts of Kazakhstan. According to official data, 6 people died during the incident.

On April 30, at
a briefing, First Deputy Minister of Emergency Situations, Major General Abdulla
Kuldoshev  named several general
factors that led to the collapse  of the Sardoba
dam in Uzbekistan.

According to the General the Ministry …