Burma Rivers Network:
Petition to China to Halt Hydropower Investments in Burma
Salween Watch: Take Action!
As you all know
that in Burma, China-owned corporations
are rapidly raising their investment in energy sector, particularly
in hydropower development projects. Indeed, those investments are
not environmentally friendly, ecologically unsustainable, and the
benefits would definitely flow to military regime's pocket. Moreover,
there would be dramatic negative impacts to environment, society and
economy of the community, where large dams are going to be built.
Our petition is requesting the Chinese government to take such actions
regarding their investments in Burma,
1. Carrying out comprehensive environmental and social impact
assessments (EIAs and SIAs) on projects abroad and make those
publicly available, in order to adequately determine the feasibility
of projects before concluding any agreements.
2. Keeping affected communities informed from the outset of
all plans regarding hydropower development projects and involved
in decision-making regarding those projects. This includes publicly
releasing dam feasibility studies, investment and financial agreements,
MOUs, MOAs, and clear information regarding responsible parties.
We, Burma Rivers Network, need your solidarity.
Open Letter to the People's Republic of China
Please Sign the Petition:
(Burma Rivers Network)
Three parallel rivers of Yunnan protected areas
"Three parallel rivers of Yunnan protected areas"
was added to Unesco's World Heritage List in 2003.
The Yangtze (Jinsha), Mekong and Salween (Nujiang) run roughly parallel,
north to south, through steep gorges which, in places, are 3,000 m
deep and are bordered by glaciated peaks more than 6,000 m high.
The site is an epicentre of Chinese biodiversity. It is also one
of the richest temperate regions of the world in terms of biodiversity.
(World Heritage Site, 2003)
Organizations from 33 countries express
concern for proposed Nujiang dams
The International Rivers Network has sent a letter
to the President of China undersigned by 76 organizations
from 33 countries to express their concerns about the
plans to develop up to thirteen large hydropower projects
on the Nu River in China without consultation with
downstream riparian residents.
(IRN, March 4, 2004)
Petition to China from 83 organizations from
Thailand/Burma on Upper Salween Dam
Eighty three organizations from Thailand and Burma petitioned
China to express their concern about impending plans to approve
the construction of a large hydropower dam on the Nu/Salween
River at Liuku without consultation with downstream countries
(SEARIN, 16 December 2003)
Yunnan Great Rivers Project
The Yunnan provincial government in 1998 invited The Nature Conservancy
to help create a conservation and economic development plan for northwest
Yunnan. Preparation of the plan, the first major task of the Yunnan Great
Rivers Project, was a two-year endeavor involving surveys, research and
feasibility studies by an unprecedented 40 public and private agencies.
The plan identifies the area's richest habitats and their biggest threats
and then proposes ways to abate them.
(The Nature Conservancy)