The company En + Group and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Russia began a comprehensive study of the impact of hydropower on the ecosystem and socio-economic development of the Amur River basin, the company said.
In February, the company "EuroSibEnergo" (a subsidiary of "Rusal" Oleg Deripaska owns En +) announced plans for the construction of hydropower plants on the river Shilka — a major tributary of the Amur River. Interest in the project showed China Yangtze Power Company, owner of the world's largest hydropower plant "Three Gorges" in China. Later, after receiving a number of comments from environmental groups the company En + WWF Russia accepted the offer and agreed to take a break to study the impact of hydraulic works on the ecology of the river.
According to the company, the result of the joint research will be a comparative evaluation of potential scenarios, placing hydropower in the Amur basin on the basis of their impact on the environment and socio-economic benefits for the region's development.
For his conduct En + and WWF set up an expert working group, which will include both the company and the fund, and the involved professionals' ecology, GIS technology, the economy, hydropower, transport, development of the productive forces of the territories, sociology, anthropology, and history. "
"In the first stage, the working group will determine the methodology for assessing the environmental and socio-economic factors and a list of the considered cross-sections HPS, then hold the primary research, in accordance with agreed procedures and will present its findings to discuss the reference group," — said in a statement.
After discussion and consideration of comments reference group, consisting of specialized experts in the areas falling under the influence of the considered promising hydropower, the study results will be presented to the public for discussion.
"Terms of Reference for the study, as well as its outputs and outcomes, with the agreement of the parties are public information and will be published at the WWF and En + for discussion. Sides hope to bring to the study of the maximum possible range of stakeholders and will be considered received comments and suggestions , "- said the En + and WWF Russia.