Eugene Simonov

Eugene Simonov (also known as Евгений Симонов and西蒙) for last 20 years has been busy bridging transboundary gaps in conservation work between Russia and US, Europe, China, Mongolia and East Asia in general. He has a degree in biology from Moscow State University(1990), a master degree in environmental studies from the Yale School of Forestry(1993), and a doctorate in nature conservation from China’s Northeast Forestry University(2010). He has a long history of cooperation with the Biodiversity Conservation Center, Socio-ecological Union, World Bank, Global Environmental Facility (GEF), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Pacific Environment, UNECE, Russian, Mongolian and Chinese bureaucracies and local communities.

Since 2004 he has focused on transboundary issues with a special focus on the Amur River Basin, a highly complex watershed of northeastern China, the Russian Far East, and eastern Mongolia. Since 2010 with support from UNECE Water Convention he works on water management and climate adaptation issues as part-time staff of Dauria International Protected Area. Since 2011 he expanded activities to Lake Baikal watershed shared with Mongolia. Since 2009 Eugene is one of coordinators of Rivers without Boundaries International Coalition, which was established to address conservation of aquatic environment in Northeast Asia. Eugene just co-edited “Conservation Investment Strategy for the Russian Far East” – findings from two year planning project led by Pacific Environment (CA). From 2009 Eugene and his RwB colleagues have been working on assessment of hydropower impacts on Amur River Basin and developing dialogue with domestic and foreign hydropower companies and investors.

Eugene will speak at case study session D “Asia: Hydro Development in the Amur-Heilong River Basin”.