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[11 Nov 2019 | Topics: ]

Construction site of Amazar Saw and Pulp Mill and the dam blocking the Amazar River. So far the construction of the pulp mill has been completely stalled for 10 months.

Civil society attempts to prevent the worst environmental and social impacts from Chinese-owned pulp-mill development in Zabaikalsky province scored a new important tactical victory at Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The KHI toy-manufacturing company, which previously claimed that it wants to take over management of the “highly profitable Polaris Company” (Amazar Saw and Pulp Mill in Zabaikalsky Province), have yielded …

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[20 Oct 2019 | Topics: ]

Fifteen people were killed and another six missing after a dam collapsed at an artisanal gold mine in a remote Siberian settlement of Shchetinkino  at dawn on October 19  in the latest deadly accident to hit Russia.

Crime scene by Vesti.ru. Temporary living quarters of gold miners were not designed to withstand mudflood

The Rivers without Boundaries International Coalition since 2008 has been calling on authorities of Russia and Mongolia to follow example of adjacent provinces of Northeast China and phase out placer gold mining in rivers as dangerous, outdated and …

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President Emomali Rahmon starts construction of Rogun Hydro in 2016

The AIIB announced that it is joining the ADB and EBRD in an effort to build a 76 kilometer road and a bridge in Tajikistan. One would wonder why three multilateral banks are needed for such a small ordinary task? The answer is simple – they are helping the Central Asian autocracy to legitimize its unsustainable hydropower mega-project – potential source of major water conflicts in the region. This also may be paving the way for real large donor coming to …

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[17 Sep 2019 | Topics: ]

Hidroituango dam. photo by EPM

Colombia’s war crimes tribunal will go to Medellin in October to learn why the city’s energy company EPM flooded an area where prosecutors were looking for hundreds of missing persons.

The session will be the second in
the city where Mayor Federico Gutierrez was
reprimanded by the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) for trying to keep a
report on missing persons secret.

The JEP’s first session was about
the hundreds of people who went missing in the city after the military and
local crime lord “Don Berna” expelled leftist
militias from the city in …

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Dam on Amazar River that degrades habitat of giant Taimen Salmon (by RwB)

We do have both good and bad news from the Amazar River -the uppermost tributary of the Amur-Heilong, which was blocked by dam for alleged needs of the Amazar Pulp and Saw Mill “Polaris”( 阿玛扎尔林浆一体化项目 ) – being built by Heilongjiang Xingbang International Investment Co。 ( 黑龙江兴邦国际资源投资股份有限公司 ) with support of a loan from China Development Bank. The Polaris Project also threatens last remaining intact boreal forests on Sino-Russian border.

This unfinished project initiated in 2004 has …

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Amur-Heilong River at proposed Taipinggou Dam site. Photo by Taipinggou National Nature reserve

New article titled “Freshwater Ecosystems versus Hydropower Development” published in the MDPI journal “Water” shows practical directions for sustainable hydropower planning, suggesting much more tangible and straightforward ways to avoid and reduce dam impacts, than those suggested in “ESG gap analysis tool” developed by International Hydropower Association.

Hydropower development inevitably causes
a multitude of negative effects on freshwater ecosystems, and to prevent and
minimize possible damage, environmental impact assessments must be conducted
and optimal management scenarios designed. This paper, written by …