Rivers without Boundaries

World Bank Inspection Panel decided to give the MINIS Project one more year on probation…

  OFFICIAL ANOUNCEMENT: “The WB Board on July 20 approved the Panel’s recommendation to defer for a second time a decision on whether the Panel should investigate a complaint related to the Mining Infrastructure Investment Support (MINIS) Project in Mongolia. In a February 2015 Request for Inspection, the complainants had …

Mongolian NGOs address new Ministry of Environment to protect Selenga River from damming

To: The Ministry of Environment and Green Development of Mongolia Ulaanbaatar October 12, 2012 PETITION A so-called “Shuren” hydro station project with a 300 megawatt capacity is being prepared by the World Bank’s Mining Infrastructure Support (MINIS) project to follow the notorious “Durgun”, “Taishir” hydro power stations and “Orkhon-Gobi”, “Kherlen-Gobi” …

Local people stopped Chinese drilling machinery at the site of Erdeneburen HPP construction

On October 4 a video of local herders protesting the Erdeneburen hydroelectric power plant construction in Uvs Province’s Umnogovi sum was circulated online. It shows men, women, elderly and children preventing the passage of heavy machinery despite being harassed by several policemen.  As predicted by human rights NGOs the population …

Mongolian Government Seeks to Criminalize Citizens Opposing Erdeneburen Dam Project

This story published in Novaya Gazeta reflects new ugly grimace of war. Using now very popular “Russia’s energy dependence” rhetoric and fabricated “evidence” the Mongolian proponents of large dams are trying to take revenge and silence local citizens and conservation NGOs who oppose construction of Erdeneburen Hydro by Power China …

Makhoul Dam in Iraq is threatening two World Heritage properties in one shot

The revived project of a mega-dam on Tigris river threatens to drown Ashur Historic heritage site upstream and to cause major damage to Mesopotamia Marshes nature heritage site downstream. Two river-protection NGOs prepared a report pointing to risks and suggesting alternatives. The Iraqi government is intensifying its efforts to complete …

Erdeneburen hydropower project in Mongolia contradicts “Green Belt and Road” standards

By Sukhgerel Dugersuren ,  The Third Pole  https://www.thethirdpole.net/en/energy/opinion-still-time-to-rethink-mongolias-erdeneburen-hydropower-plant/ In April, construction was due to start on Mongolia’s largest hydropower plant to date. The Erdeneburen hydropower plant is planned to be built on the Khovd River in western Mongolia, in an ecologically sensitive area of a national park. The project, which …