Nu Jiang River, Yunnan, China
Three Parallel Rivers region
KUNMING, June 9 (Xinhuanet) -- The Three Parallel Rivers in
Yunnan province, a natural marvel of three rivers flowing abreast listed by
UNESCO in 2003 as a world natural heritage site, arrests the attention of
the world with its unique geological forms and abundant plant and animal species.
The three parallel rivers refer to the Nujiang, Lancang, and Jinsha/Yangtze
rivers flowing parallel from north to south...
(XINHUA online, June 9, 2004)
Challenging the Laws of Nature
To dam or not to dam
Who draws the fine line between developing and protecting
our natural resources?
Although it only accounts for less than 0.4 percent of China’s
total land area, Sanjiang, located in southwest Yunnan Province, is the habitat
of 77 species of wild animals and 34 kinds of plants under state-level protection.
In recognition of this, the area, famous for its magnificent view of the
confluence of Nujiang, Jingsha and Lancang rivers, has been added to the
World Heritage List of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization (UNESCO)...
(Beijing Review, May 8, 2004)
China plans 13 dams on Salween
Activists fear adverse impact downstream
More than 80 environmental, human rights and ethnic groups in Thailand and
Burma have called on China to consult countries downstream of the Salween
river before going ahead with its plan to build 13 large hydro-power dams.
The dams, planned for the upper part of the river in China's Yunnan
province, would severely damage the ecosystem and livelihood of people in
Thailand and Burma, who depended on the 2,800km-long river for fishing and
farming, they said...
(Bangkok Post, December 18, 2003)
Photo essay of downstream concerns in Thailand and
Burma concerning China's proposal to build 13 hydro-electric dams on
the Nu river...
(Southeast Asia Rivers Network, February 2004)
Nujiang River Area Ecological Preservation Called for
As hydroelectric stations spring up like mushrooms, among China's
big rivers, the Yarlung Zangbo and Nujiang rivers are the only ones
with their ecological integrity still intact. Following an upsurge
in hydro-powered development, concerned parties set forth a plan to
open up the Nujiang River. In this proposed terraced water conservation
project, as many as 13 dams are to be built on the river. Some experts
have voiced strong opposition to the project.
(China Internet Information Center, China.org.cn, translated by Shao Da, September 30, 2003)