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WWF REVEALS 94 CASES OF WATER POLLUTION FROM GOLD MINING IN SIBERIA

01 june 2020
Monitoring of satellite images of 2019 implemented by experts of WWF Russia within People for Nature project supported by European Union revealed 94 cases of polluting of rivers down the stream from the gold mining spots on rivers of Siberia in 9 regions. All data has been shared with local governments and charges are expected.

WWF experts within People For Nature project examined satellite images of 2019 and revealed 94 cases of complex river water pollution of gold mining. All cases were registered on the rivers and river tributaries down the stream of gold mining sites in 9 regions of Altai-Sayan ecoregion. Most of all cases were registered in the Republic of Tyva (29 cases). Southern districts of Krasnoyarsk Region (19 cases), Kemerovskaya Oblast (14 cases). 

“The satellite images monitoring of the last year water pollution was a straight follow up of the last year tragedy on the Seiba river when the people who worked gold mining company died of dam destruction because of the violation of safety regulations. As a result, 15 people died and the damage to nature was very serious. Today modern technology helps monitor the whole picture of pollution from gold mining for Altai-Sayan ecoregion, and the oicture we got was not cheerful at all”, says Natalya Trofimova, Direct of WWF Branch in Altai-Sayan ecoregion.
The site of tragedy on the Seiba river in 2019
(c) RIA News Agensy / Information Department of Emergency Situation Ministry of of Krasnoyarsk Region

The satellite images monitoring was implemented by The Centre of Satellite Monitoring and Civil Control of Saint Petersburg within People For Nature Project of WWF Russia. 

“The Centre of Satellite Monitoring and Civil Control of Saint Petersburg totally analysed 131 satellite image of 9 Siberian districts, Krasnoyarsky and Altaisky Regions, Irkutsk, Novosibirsk and Kemerovo Oblasts, the Republics of Altai, Tyv. Khakassia and Buryatia. We revealed 94 pollution cases all from gold mining on rivers. We described each case including possible sources of pollution”, says Olga Chupachenko, the director of the Centre of Satellite Monitoring and Civil Control of Saint Petersburg.
Sattelite images showing river water pollution sites.
(c) WWF Russia

Thanks to the results of satellite images monitoring WWF experts identified the most sensitive sites of river pollution that demands public monitoring and control during the next gold mining season. This week the experts start the real-time monitoring of river pollution of 2020.

“Satellite images monitoring of 2019 draw a lot of attention to the problems of river pollution of gold mining of the Ministries of Natural Resources in Krasnoyarsk Region and Kemerovskaya Oblast, two industrial regions of Altai-Sayan ecoregion. We will track the results of our joint monitoring with NGO members”, says Alexander Kolotov. WWF expert, the Coordinator of Industrial component of People For Nature project.

WWF sent the results of the satellite images monitoring including each case descriptions, all data and images, to the regional authorities responsible for pollution monitoring.

 

The People for Nature project is implemented by WWF Russia with the support of the European Union and aims to engage a wide range of stakeholders in environmental protection. The project will be carried out in 2019-2022. Its tasks are as follows: preservation of forests by preventing degradation and illegal use of forests, as well as reducing the negative impact of industry on the environment by reducing air pollution and increasing the environmental responsibility of business.
For additional information please contact
Altai-Sayan ecoregional press-officer
Head of the Altai-Sayan Ecoregional Office