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KNU protests as EGAT marks Salween River Hat Gyi dam site

Villagers living along the Salween River claim that the Thai energy authority are moving ahead with plans to build a dam at the Hat Gyi site. Villagers in the area said that the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) have [...]

Thein Sein Enjoys Myitsone Praise as Dams on Salween Secretly Proceed

President Thein Sein’s surprise suspension of the Chinese-led hydroelectric dam on the Irrawaddy River at Myitsone in northwestern Burma secured him widespread praise at home and abroad and seemingly dismayed China. This was a project that would help solve power [...]

By |May 9th, 2013|Dams and development projects|

Plans to Harness Chinese River’s Power Threaten a Region

Ke Shouyi, 47, a farmer in the Lisu ethnic group, prodded his cow to plow the remote rural area near the Nu River in China’s Yunnan Province. BINGZHONGLUO, China — From its crystalline beginnings as a rivulet seeping from a [...]

By |May 7th, 2013|Dams and development projects|

Burmese military stokes war in northern Shan State to clear way for Salween dam

Press release by the Shan Sapawa Environmental Organisation April 1, 2013 The Burmese Army has given an ultimatum to the Shan State Army-North (SSA-N) to clear its troops from the west bank of the Salween River in an area where [...]

By |April 7th, 2013|Dams and development projects, Human Rights|

Thailand must help its neighbours get over the dam fad

I was born and brought up in a hilltribe village at the foot of Doi Mae Salong in Chiang Rai. My mother was a teacher and social worker. My father was head of the hilltribe welfare unit. A fisherman near [...]

By |March 14th, 2013|Dams and development projects|

Dam in Northeast Built on Earthquake Site, Study Finds

Local workers adjust stones at a dam construction site by China National Heavy Machinery Corporation on the Tatay River in Koh Kong province, some 210 kilometers (130 miles) west of Phnom Penh Theara Khoun, VOA Khmer30 January 2013 PHNOM PENH - [...]

By |January 31st, 2013|Dams and development projects|

Japan ‘very interested’ in Dawei Port project

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plants a jackfruit tree in the compound of the Thai-Nichi Institute of Technology in Bangkok yesterday. Japan sought to strengthen its strategic partnership with Thailand yesterday by expressing an interest in taking part in the [...]

By |January 18th, 2013|Dams and development projects, Other News|

China Top Dam Builder, Going Where Others Won’t

       TATAY RIVER, Cambodia—Up a sweeping jungle valley in a remote corner of Cambodia, Chinese engineers and workers are raising a 100-meter (330-foot) high dam over the protests of villagers and activists. Only Chinese companies are willing to tame the [...]

By |December 25th, 2012|Dams and development projects|

Downstream Mekong residents rally against Xayaburi Dam

     Residents from eight provinces along the Mekong River gathered yesterday outside the headquarters of the construction firm Ch Karnchang and Siam Commercial Bank to protest against the companies' role in the construction of the Xayaburi Dam in Laos.            [...]

Mekong plans anger riverside communities

Villagers protest against Xayaburi dam in capita Villagers from along the Mekong River have rallied in front of giant construction firm Ch Karnchang, demanding it immediately suspend building the Xayaburi dam on the waterway. Protesters from eight provinces along the [...]