1 Nov 2017

How a group of Mongolian herders took on a mining giant — and won

Original article published by Devex By Sophie Edwards Camel herders in Mongolia. Photo by: Alan Fieldus / CC BY-NC WASHINGTON — Tending camels in the Gobi desert — moving them to fresh grazing pastures in the spring and summer, and to shelter in the winter — has been a way of life for families in Mongolia for thousands of years. But cycles of freezing winters and dry summers — a natural phenomenon which the herders

Likhachev Foundation Cultural Fellowships

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BY THE LIKHACHEV FOUNDATION: The Likhachev Foundation (St. Petersburg, Russia) and the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center (Moscow, Russia), with support of the Committee on External Relations of St. Petersburg, announce a competition for two-week cultural fellowships in Russia (St. Petersburg) from 15 to 28 May 2017 for foreign professionals in the field of arts and culture who work on projects related to Russian culture and history and aimed at a broad foreign audience. Airfare

11 Aug 2016

Central Europe Looks Beyond Coal

Central Europe Looks Beyond Coal Kristina Sabova   Alternative energy production and new conservation tools are raising hope in Central Europe. Our region includes communities near the former “Black Triangle,” the border region shared by Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic, that has long suffered from the polluting emissions of industry, coal-fired power plants, and open pit mines. The European Union is working on its future climate and energy scenarios, to bring clean and affordable

13 Nov 2015

Conversation: Martin Robards and Eduard Zdor

Environmental advocates Martin Robards and Eduard Zdor hail from different sides of the Bering Strait, but share expertise and interests in protecting the regional ecosystem and traditional ways of life in the north Pacific. In this conversation, they cover everything from the preservation of sea-hunting communities in Chukotka to the enduring value of sitting back and watching television with fellow scientists from time to time.   MR We’re here to talk about traditional natural resource

30 Sep 2015

Unlikely Allies: Owls And Loggers

In the Russian Far East, a logging company is helping to flag habitat for one of the world’s biggest owls. By Vicki Croke They may look like Muppets, but Blakiston’s fish owls are fierce predators. Photo: J. Slaght/WCS Russia. They are mysterious and massive owls, perhaps the largest in the world, weighing up to 10 pounds, and sporting wingspans of about six feet. They’re so big that in the dark forest, people have mistaken them for

30 Jul 2015

Sakhalin Environment Watch Strikes Legal Gold

Press Release July 28, 2015, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Today in the Sakhalin Provincial Court a hearing was held for an appeal filed by the Vostok-2 gold mining prospector partnership about the Smirnykh District Court’s decision to halt the gold mining operation on the Langeri River (http://ecosakh.ru/index.php/news-eco/item/1447-ekologi-cherez-sud-mogut-zakryt-zolotodobychu-na-reke-langeri). This lawsuit was filed by Sakhalin Environment Watch in February 2015, and on April 23rd the court of original jurisdiction met the lawsuit’s demands in full after six hearings and an

2 Apr 2015

From Buryatia to Oregon

From Buryatia to Oregon: Protecting the Environment Through Law Across Borders By Maggie Keenan In January, Oksana Imetkenova traveled to Eugene, Oregon from Ulan-Ude in Russia’s Buryatia Republic. This remote area of East Siberia is home to the Buryat people, whose traditional yak husbandry, native species, and watersheds are threatened by gold mining waste and changing land use.   Oksana came to Eugene to collaborate on her work with colleagues from around the world at

29 May 2014

Polar bear diplomacy: Where the US and Russia can agree

The movements of a musk oxen herd are captured here on Wrangel Island, Russia, in March 2014. (Joel Berger) On an arctic island 250 miles from the nearest Siberian village, US and Russian scientists are collaborating on wildlife research. Their work proves: Conservation transcends geopolitics. By Joel Berger, Op-ed contributor / May 21, 2014 Wrangel Island, Russia The icy wind is wicked. It’s about minus 10 degrees, and near whiteout conditions dominate this landscape of

Four Guitar Suites: From Early to Contemporary

April 10, 4:30 pm Trust for Mutual Understanding Join us for an evening with Hungarian guitarist Attila Szabó, performing solo suites from four centuries on the classical guitar. A musical bridge from early to contemporary: suites by great classics like Robert de Visee and Johann Sebastian Bach, followed by two modern guitar suites by Miklós Kocsár and Attila Szabó. The suite, originating from the 17th century, became a very popular musical form of instrumental music.

Saving More Than Just Snow Leopards

NEW YORK TIMES By PETER ZAHLER and GEORGE SCHALLER FEB. 1, 2014 THE cold and rugged mountains of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and China seem an unlikely place to find a flourishing combination of new community institutions and international diplomacy. Few people live there. Those who do are mostly desperately impoverished livestock herders. They have been largely isolated from the rest of humanity on these enormous mountains where the Indian subcontinent once crashed into Asia, buckling