Due to increasingly stringent hydro project approval rules, and despite warnings of a...
Feb 3, 2013
“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...
Jan 25, 2013
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...
May 12, 2011
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...
Mar 22, 2011
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...
May 21, 2009
Premier Wen Jiabao has again suspended construction on the Liuku power station on the Nu River until after a thorough study of the hydroelectric dam’s potential environmental impact. Work on damming the Nu River has...
Nov 20, 2008
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...
Dec 30, 2007
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 […]
Aug 3, 2007
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 […]
May 24, 2007
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 […]
Oct 26, 2006
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 […]
Jul 6, 2006
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 […]
Jun 22, 2006
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 […]
Apr 24, 2006
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 […]
Apr 19, 2006
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 […]
Jan 19, 2006
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 […]
Photo: Over a dozen ethnic minorities live along the Nujiang River region, including the Lisu, Nu and Drung people, via toptrip.cc.
Jan 17, 2006
Jan 13, 2006
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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