Nu River

Renewed Damming in China Sparks Concern Downstream

“Shocking” news emerged last month of Chinese plans to resume hydropower exploitation of the Nu (Salween), Lancang (Mekong) and Jinsha rivers. At The Hindu, Ananth Krishnan reported that three new dams have also been...

Ban on Nu River Dams Washed Away

China’s State Council has announced plans to resume hydropower development on the Nu (Salween), Lancang (Mekong) and Jinsha (a tributary of the Yangtze) rivers. Outgoing premier Wen Jiabao had repeatedly intervened to...

China’s Nu River Hangs in the Balance

In a three part series, International Rivers’ Katy Yan describes her journey up the Nu River as far as Tibet (which, as an American, she was unable to enter), and the effects of dam-building on the communities that live...

At Fault on the Nu River

For China Dialogue, Liu Jianqiang interviews two Chinese geologists about the lessons China can learn from the recent earthquake in Japan: The two experts argue that the Japanese authorities underestimated the potential impact...

Hydropower on the Nu River

China’s Green Beat produced a story and video on building a hydropower station on the Nu River: In 2004, there was a plan to put 13 dams along the Nu River, one of the most biodiverse regions of China.  The total output of...

Can Eco-tourism Save The Nu River? – Ross Perlin

As China continues to mull damming it’s last free-flowing river, China Dialogue examines a “viable” alternative: In many parts of China, the development of eco-tourism is one strategy among many, but in Yunnan’s Nu River valley, it is a race against time. In fact, if tourism based on the area’s outstanding natural beauty fails to […]

A Yellow Card for the Three Parallel Rivers – Yongchen Wang

China Dialogue reports that the Three Parallel Rivers area in Yunnan are at risk of losing its World Heritage Status from UNESCO is development plans are carried out: The “yellow card” has been shown, and the site is now at risk of seeing that final red card. But why? One reason that the committee stated […]

No Dams in the Three Parallel Rivers Area, Yunnan Pledges – Josie Liu

From China in Transition blog: The Yunnan provincial government has announced that there will be “absolutely” no dams built and no mines opened in the Three Parallel Rivers area, one of the World Natural Heritage sites listed by the UNESCO. An investigation by Untied Nations officials of this area last year showed that the natural […]

Nu River dam plans to be scaled back – Kelly Haggart

From Three Gorges Probe: China’s minister of water resources has poured cold water on the plan to build 13 dams on the Nu River in the southwest of the country, calling the proposal a form of “predatory development.” In a speech Tuesday [Oct. 24] at the University of Hong Kong, Wang Shucheng indicated high-level disapproval […]

China Holds German Reporter in Yunnan for “Illegal Interviews” – Bloomberg

From Bloomberg: Chinese authorities arrested a reporter from Germany’s Die Zeit newspaper and held him for five hours for conducting “illegal interviews” with villagers about a dam project in the southwestern province of Yunnan. The journalist, Georg Blume, was detained by two police patrols in the village of Xiao Shaba after he interviewed farmers near […]

The last river – Ola Wong

Originally published in the Swedish Ordfront Magasin, this article was translated and posted by Three Gorges Probe: The Nu River valley contains representatives of 25 per cent of the world’s animal species, and more than half of China’s, including endangered species such as the snow leopard and the red panda. This stretch of the river […]

Chinese environmentalist wins $125,000 Goldman Prize

Environmental activist Yu Xiaogang will be awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize in San Francisco tonight. Yu has advocated against large dam projects that will damage the environment and surrounding communities, including the proposed Nu River dam in Yunnan Province. From the Environmental News Service (link): Yu spent years creating groundbreaking watershed management programs while […]

Report from the Nu River: ‘Nobody has told us anything’ – Wang Yongchen

From Three Gorges Probe (link): Wang Yongchen, Beijing-based journalist and founder of the environmental group Green Earth Volunteers, travelled recently to the Nu River valley in Yunnan province, southwest China, where exploration activity is under way for a string of controversial hydro dams. She wanted to find out what local people have been told about […]

China’s rivers to be dammed for evermore – Richard Spencer

From The Telegraph: High in the Himalayan foothills, the people the Chinese call Angry look down on the waters of the river that shares their name and ponder on the future. “When the dam gets built, the water will come right up to there,” said Asetei, an 84-year-old farmer pointing up the terraced hillside. “There […]

China Proposes Fewer Dams in Power Project to Aid Environment – Jim Yardley

From the New York Times: A government environmental review has recommended reducing the number of dams included in a controversial hydropower proposal on the Nu River in southwestern China in order to limit environmental damage and decrease the number of people who would be resettled, a Hong Kong newspaper has reported. The newspaper, Wen Wei […]



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