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Public Monitoring of the Oil and Gas Projects on Sakhalin

Sakhalin Environment Watch

  • Program Environment
  • Program Area Transforming Development Finance
  • Grant Amount $300,000
  • Grant Period February 1, 2013–August 31, 2015
  • Location Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia
  • Geographic Focus Russia

About this grant

Just offshore of the small island of Sakhalin in the Russian Far East lay massive oil and gas reserves. Due to the unique ecosystem and economically important fish stocks that rely on the pristine area, the Sakhalin Island oil and gas projects require public monitoring and oversight, as they could impact local environment and community livelihoods as well as have global ocean and fishery implications. Through the grantee’s vigilance over the past few years, the project design for the island’s oil and gas pipelines has been modified, and stronger international standards are being developed, which will be crucial as Arctic oil and gas exploration expands. Through this grant, Sakhalin Environment Watch will continue to provide public environmental and social monitoring of these energy projects. In addition, this grant will allow the organization to be part of a broad assessment of environmental threats in the Russian Far East.