Protecting the Altai-Sayan

October 30, 2013

Dear friends,

Waterways in south central Siberia's Altai-Sayan Ecoregion are threatened by abandoned and proposed mining operations, and hydropower projects.  This remote area, rich in biodiversity, sits at the junction of the mountains of Russia's Siberian taiga, the steppes of Kazakhstan, and the semi-deserts of Mongolia.

 Mongolia and neighboring countries

ELAW partners Sergey Shaphaev and Elena Chernobrovkina are calling on ELAW for help protecting the Altai-Sayan from mining industry abuses and short-sighted energy projects.  

Sergey and Elena work at the Buryat Regional Organization for Lake Baikal, based in Ulan-Ude.  They have collaborated with ELAW for many years and traveled to Eugene for ELAW Fellowships in 2012.

In the year ahead, we will provide Sergey and Elena with the legal and scientific resources they need to protect the Altai-Sayan, including our Guidebook for Evaluating Mining Project EIAs, which we have made available in four languages, including Russian.

We will keep you informed of our progress!

All the best,

Maggie Keenan
Communications Director &
Fellows Program Coordinator
Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide

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