New Energy Agreement between Mongolia and Russia May Eliminate Plans for Hydropower Plants in Selenge River Basin

December 3. Moscow. Mongolia and Russia have finally signed an agreement on cooperation in electric power, development of which was triggered by Mongolia’s plans to build hydropower plants in Lake Baikal basin to achieve self-sufficiency in energy sector. On the part of Mongolia, such desire was partly due to lack …

Russian President Asked Enforcement Agencies to Save Baikal. Chinese Business is Worried…

On September 12 the President approved a list of instructions to ensure compliance with the Law on Lake Baikal’s conservation and environmental rehabilitation. The Government of the Russian Federation has been instructed to review issues pertaining to Russia’s compliance with its commitments on the conservation of Lake Baikal as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site; the review of the activities of the interdepartmental commission on the conservation of Lake Baikal and improvement of its performance; …

“Horrifying example” of a high risk waste storage facility at Lake Baikal shore draws international attention

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 …

How the World Heritage Convention Can Protect Rivers from Destruction by Dams: THE FINAL REPORT

The RwB and World Heritage Watch presents the final complete version of the “Heritage Dammed” Report, dedicated to protection of natural freshwater ecosystems. This colorful report contains contributions from 30 civil society organizations (CSOs), experts and dam-affected communities around the world. The Report documents how water infrastructure plays key role …