CDT ChinaCast: Interview with IRN’s Peter Bosshard

This week CDT ChinaCast focuses on China’s role in by talking with Peter Bosshard, the policy director of International Rivers Network(IRN), a California-based environmental NGO. Bosshard and IRN have worked with global groups and communities to stop large and destructive dam projects.

They were quite successful until facing a real challenge from China, which has started building large in place like Africa.

Bosshard says, when China builds the dams, it is so destructive that no-one else wants to work with them. He gives an example of the Merowe dam in . This project forced over 50,000 farmers to move from the Nile valley where they have lived for generations into desert where nothing can grow. Bosshard raises the questions for China: Who will benefit, and who will pay the price for the dam projects China has built in Africa?

Listen to the interview here.

CDT ChinaCast is a podcast series of short and informal conversations with journalists, business people, artists and others doing interesting work in or about China.

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