Message From Burma Rivers Network

Large dams are being constructed on all of Burma’s major rivers and tributaries by Chinese, Thai and Indian companies. The dams are causing displacement, militarization, human rights abuses, and irreversible environmental damage, threatening the livelihoods and food security of millions. The power and revenues generated are going to the military regime and neighbouring countries.

There is complete military control of energy development in Burma and no processes that allow for information disclosure, public participation or implementation of proper standards for dam-building. Neighbouring countries benefit from this situation by gaining electricity without bearing the social and environmental costs.

To ensure transparency and accountability, the recognition of rights, and social justice in energy development projects, a democratically-elected government is needed in Burma. All investments in large dam projects in Burma must be stopped until that time, when sustainable energy policies can be developed.

The Burma Rivers Network invites you to join us to protect the health and biodiversity of river ecosystems, and to protect the rights of communities negatively impacted by large-scale river development. Please contact us at or visit this website for updates on current campaigns.


IMAGE Hearing ethnic voices on Myitsone
Saturday, 11 November 2017
FRONTIER MYANMAR Suspended since September 2011, the Myitsone Dam was to be built where the N'Maikha and Malikha rivers meet to form the Ayeyarwady... Read More...
China says will keep talking to Myanmar over stalled dam scheme
Wednesday, 08 November 2017
REUTERS Reuters Staff | NOVEMBER 8, 2017 / 4:07 PMBEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Wednesday it will continue to talk to Myanmar about a... Read More...
Big dams can wait, Myanmar overhauls energy strategy
Tuesday, 07 November 2017
REUTERS NOVEMBER 7, 2017 / 7:38 PM | Simon Lewis, Shoon NaingNAYPYITAW (Reuters) - Big hydropower dams are not a priority in Myanmar’s strategy to... Read More...
Chinese engineers plan 1,000km tunnel to make Xinjiang desert bloom
Sunday, 29 October 2017
SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST   PUBLISHED : Sunday, 29 October, 2017, 9:04pm UPDATED : Sunday, 29 October, 2017, 11:21pm   Chinese engineers are testing... Read More...
IMAGE Suu Kyi government vows to feed displaced Shan on Thai border
Sunday, 29 October 2017
  ASIA TIMES Displaced Shan at the Thai-Myanmar border call for the Myanmar military to stop fighting against ethnic groups. Photo: Charm Tong/ Shan... Read More...
Dams threaten Mekong: experts
Sunday, 29 October 2017
THE MYANMAR TIMES THE MYANMAR TIMES | 26 OCT 2017 One of the world’s greatest rivers is under threat from unregulated activities in riparian... Read More...
50 villages, 1700 acres of land destroyed after Sedawgyi Dam overflows in Mandalay Region
Thursday, 19 October 2017
THE MYANMAR TIMES KYAW KO KO 19 OCT 2017Heavy floods triggered by overflowing water at Sedawgyi Dam has devastated some 50 villages and also... Read More...
Dams on Myanmar’s Irrawaddy river could fuel more conflicts in the country
Friday, 13 October 2017
THE CONVERSATION October 11, 2017 4.50am AEDT Julian Kirchherr Myanmar makes many headlines these days. While most of the focus has been on the... Read More...
Myanmar eyes ‘Belt and Road’ potential in urgent race for infrastructure
Friday, 06 October 2017
South China Morning Post  Construction minister rejects claims of a crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine, a hub for Chinese investment Read More...
China on path to greener foreign investment
Wednesday, 04 October 2017
chinadialogue Zhang ChunYao Zhe 03.10.2017 A system for managing the environmental risks associated with China's overseas investments is coming... Read More...
China’s water grab in Tibet risks regional devastation and conflict
Tuesday, 03 October 2017
EQUAL TIMES By Nithin Coca | 2 October 2017 China’s unchecked mining expansion and dam construction across the Tibetan plateau, compounded by... Read More...
IMAGE Dams seen driving 'mass extinction' of salmon
Friday, 29 September 2017
ENDANGERED SPECIES Dams seen driving 'mass extinction' of salmon Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E News reporter Greenwire: Tuesday, September 26, 2017... Read More...
China’s Mekong Plans Threaten Disaster for Countries Downstream
Thursday, 28 September 2017
FP Beijing is building hydroelectric dams and dredging to allow bigger boats as worries of environmental devastation grow. Read More...
IMAGE Saving the Ngo Chang Hka Valley
Monday, 28 August 2017
History of the Ngo Chang Hka region The Ngo Chang Hka flows through the mountain valleys of the eastern edge of Kachin State and into the N’Mai... Read More...
IMAGE Afraid to Go Home: Recent Violent Conflict and Human Rights Abuses in Karen State
Thursday, 13 November 2014
The following report was prepared by Karen Rivers Watch (KRW), a coalition of six Karen organizations focused on the environment, women, youth, human... Read More...
IMAGE One cannot step into the same river twice: making the Kaladan Project people-centred
Wednesday, 31 July 2013
This report from the Kaladan Movement provides an update on the progress of the Kaladan Project; assesses the potential Project-related benefits and... Read More...

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