Weekly Water Report Eastern Europe & Former Soviet Union News and Articles

Ukraine Rejects Negotiations With Russia Over Dnieper Water Supply To Crimea

KYIV, Ukraine

Efforts by leadership of the Russia-occupied Crimea region of Ukraine to access waters of the Dnieper River have been met with short shrift by the government of Ukraine.

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Mass Fish Death Reported In Contaminated Ukraine Reservoir

KYIV

Residents of Russia-occupied Donetsk report on social networks about a mass death of fish in the Kalmius River because of possible water contamination. The so-called "Health Ministry" of the "Donetsk People's Republic," in turn, reported the contamination of water in the Lower Kalmius reservoir was organic, the Ukrainian-registered Novosti Donbassa news outlet said. Read more on UNIAN:

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New Kazakhstan Ministry For Environment And Water Resource Management

NUR-SULTAN

The newly established Kazakh Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources will focus primarily on developing the county’s Environmental Code, establishing mechanisms to fight poaching and deforestation and managing water resources and geological problems

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Serbia To Spend Billions On Infrastructure Including Sewerage And Water Supply

BELGRADE

Serbia will invest billions of euros in new homes, energy, transportation and digital infrastructure, President Aleksandar Vicic said on Sunday, as the government seeks to boost economic growth prospects.

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Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan Leaders Discuss Water Sharing Agreement Implementation

BISHKEK

Delegations of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan will discuss the implementation of the agreement on the joint use of water resources of Orto-Tokoi (Kasansai) reservoir in narrow and expanded formats. Orto-Tokoi water reservoir is located on the territory of Kyrgyzstan.

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Ukraine Will Not Supply Water To "Occupied Crimea"

KYIV

Anton Korinevych, the Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, has stated that the refusal to supply water to the occupied Crimea is a right stance and it will not change in the near future. The Office of President Volodymyr Zelensky has a similar stance on the supply of electricity from mainland Ukraine to the occupied Crimea, he stressed.

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Bulgaria: Southern Utility May Benefit From EBRD Finance

SOFIA

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is considering providing a loan to Bulgarian state-owned Stara Zagora Water Supply and Sanitation Company for financing part of a 50.5 million euro ($56.2 million) project for water infrastructure upgrades.

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European Lenders Support Kyrgyz City Water, Wastewater Services

CHOLPON ATA

Over 19,000 citizens of the Kyrgyz city of Cholpon Ata will have regular access to safe drinking water and improved wastewater services thanks to a joint investment in the amount of €5.1 million provided by the EBRD, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Union (EU). The financing will be used to replace old water pipes, some of which installed over 60 years ago.

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Water Mismanagement Aggravates Drought In Europe: WWF

BRUSSELS, Belgium

A new WWF assessment paper describes mismanagement of water resources across Europe as exacerbating anticipated droughts, calling for European Union (EU) Member State governments to take emergency measures to tackle droughts, mostly caused by climate change.

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Lake Baikal Campaigners Seek Hollywood Star Support

HOLLYWOOD CA

As one of Hollywood’s best known environmentalists, Leonardo DiCaprio often uses Instagram to urge others to care about the planet. But lately his posts, in the comments section at least, have been dominated by a singular issue – the fate of a lake in Siberia.

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China, Kyrgyzstan Technical Cooperation On Water Projects

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan

The leaders of Kyryzstan and China have discussed projects with a social significance along with  common platform of resistance against “terrorism, extremism, and separatism”.

$17.6 Million USD From EBRD For Belarus Vitebsk Oblast Clean Water Project

MINSK

Belarus plans to get a €15.5 million of the EBRD loan for 2019-2021 to finance the investment project Vitebsk Oblast Clean Water. The draft loan agreement between Belarus and the EBRD has been approved by the Belarusian government as a basis to hold talks.

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Kazakhstan Government Plans Drinking Water Improvement

NUR-SULTAN

The water supply will be improved this year for 126,800 people in 68 Kazakh villages. Approximately 90.2 percent or 16.5 million people out of Kazakhstan’s 18.4 million population have access to the centralised water supply.

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Russians Protest Moscow's Trash Dump Amid Fear Of Groundwater Pollution

MOSCOW

Ecologists say 90 percent of Russia's rubbish is discarded to rot and decompose at landfills that often lie dangerously close to urban settlements, and the amount of waste produced is increasing by some three percent annually.

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UNECE Reports Progress In Kazakhstan Water Resources Management

GENEVA, Switzerland

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has launched its Third Environmental Performance Report (EPR) for Kazakhstan, assessing the country’s achievements in strengthening its environmental policy since 2008 and providing recommendations for future action to be taken.

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