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.


Termination of Myitsone Dam the Only Option, Say Local Kachin
Thursday, 27 October 2016
THE IRRAWADDYBy Nan Lwin Hnin Pwint 20 October 2016RANGOON — It has now been five years since the Myitsone Dam project was suspended, but local... Read More...
Southeast Asia’s last major undammed river in crisis
Thursday, 27 October 2016
thethirdpole.netTom Fawthrop, October 26, 2016 China has suspended dams upstream of the Salween but the Myanmar government is pushing ahead with... Read More...
Activist group opposes all dams on Thanlwin River
Thursday, 27 October 2016
Eleven Media GroupSubmitted by Eleven on Tue, 10/25/2016 - 19:08Writer: Sitha (Taunggyi) | Taunggyi, October 24The Thanlwin River Watch Alliance said... Read More...
Mong Ton Dam issue fast becoming a Shan’s “Alamo”?
Wednesday, 05 October 2016
Shan Herald Agency for News By: Sai Wansaion: October 04, 2016sai wan sai (2)“Drowning a Thousand Island” documentary film produced by Action for... Read More...
Salween dams threaten river communities
Thursday, 29 September 2016
Bangkok Post Pianporn Deetes Thailand and Myanmar Campaigns Director of International Rivers | 29 Sep 2016 at 04:25 The Thai government's recent push... Read More...
'With 87,000 dams upstream, China has Water as a Weapon against India'
Sunday, 25 September 2016
DefenceNews Saturday, September 24, 2016 | By: One India | Source Link: Click HereWith China having 87,000 dams, many in Tibet, with strategic... Read More...
China’s damming of the river: A policy in disguise
Sunday, 25 September 2016
TIBET POLICY INSTITUTE September 23, 2016 By Dechen Palmo China’s control over “blue gold” wealth on Tibetan plateau has armed China with... Read More...
SNLD Urges Govt Transparency on Salween Dam Projects
Friday, 23 September 2016
THE IRRAWADDY By NYEIN NYEIN / THE IRRAWADDY | September 22, 2016 The Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) has urged the government to be... Read More...
Public call for Myitsone to be scrapped amid China overture
Thursday, 22 September 2016
MYANMAR TIMES By Ye Mon   |   Tuesday, 20 September 2016 The consensus is overwhelming. Kachin locals want the Myitsone megadam to be scrapped,... Read More...
Myanmar's hydropower commission to submit report on suspended dam project in November
Monday, 19 September 2016 Xinhua, September 19, 2016   The hydropower commission of Myanmar's new government, formed to review and scrutinize the hydropower... Read More...
China faces tougher laws in Myanmar
Monday, 19 September 2016
chinadialogue Vicky Bowman 31.08.2016 In the wake of the controversial Myitsone dam, Aung San Suu Kyi is demanding more from investors involved in... Read More...
Govt sidesteps controversial Thanlwin in hydropower push
Thursday, 15 September 2016
MYANMAR TIMES By Htoo Thant   |   Thursday, 15 September 2016 Plans for three hydropower dams in Shan State are going forward amid calls for a... Read More...
Life of the Salween highlights Southeast Asia's dam concerns
Wednesday, 14 September 2016
NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW HAMISH McDONALD, Contributing WriterSOB MOEI, Thailand -- To reach this village, you leave Mae Sariang in northwestern Thailand... 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...
IMAGE Chronology of the Myitsone Dam at the Confluence of Rivers above Myitkyina
Monday, 27 May 2013
Sources: New Light of Myanmar, Myanmar Times, Irrawaddy, Mizzima, Weekly Eleven, The Voice, Open News, 7 Day News, Kachin News, Damming the... Read More...

Development in Burma

Thai Investor/Company Profiles
Thursday, 11 September 2008
Other Investor/Company Profiles
Thursday, 11 September 2008
Chinese Investor/Company Profiles
Thursday, 11 September 2008
Burmese Investor/Company Profiles
Thursday, 11 September 2008
Hydropower Guidelines
Tuesday, 19 August 2008
The World Commission on Dams (WCD)The WCD was an independent, international, multi-stakeholder process which addressed the controversial issues... Read More...
IMAGE China’s Dam Industry
Tuesday, 19 August 2008
China’s overseas dam industry is building hundreds of dams around the world, particularly in Southeast Asia and Africa. The guide The New Great... Read More...
Burma’s River Law
Tuesday, 19 August 2008
The Conservation of Water Resources and Rivers Law was adopted by the State Peace and Development Council on October 2, 2006. To see the full text of... Read More...
About Dams
Tuesday, 19 August 2008
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