In 2009 the same scientists draft another letter to the Ramsar Convention Secretariat. The response is almost immediate. Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance expresses deep concerns, seeks to clarify the situation.
WWF raises an alarm: construction of a canal to transfer the Hailar River waters, from the upper reaches of the Argun River, into Dalai Lake is being actively intensively conducted in China. It could result in catastrophе.
Russian and Chinese hydrologists have completed the monitoring of the quality of water in cross-border rivers, the press service of the Primorye Meteorological Office told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.
This is a case study on water infrastructure project threats to the Argun River, written by Eugene Simonov in May 2009 upon learning of rapid progress on Hailaer-Argun canal construction. The paper shows discrepancies between assumptions about the projected impacts of the water diversion project and scientifically-documented ecological processes in the Daurian wetlands. The author calls for comprehensive international climate adaptation efforts in the region.