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 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 brn.burmariversnetwork@gmail.com or visit this website for updates on current campaigns.

 

The poverty of simple answers on Mekong hydropower
Friday, 18 August 2017
www.policyforum.net Engaging with uncertainty in the dam debatePAUL WYRWOLLLUKE TAYLORSIMON TILLEARDCOLUM GRAHAM 18 AUGUST 2017There are no ‘simple... Read More...
Tibet’s Fragile Ecosystem is in Danger. China must Change its Flawed Environmental Policy
Tuesday, 08 August 2017
CENTRAL TIBETAN ADMINISTRATION By Staff Writer By Dr Lobsang Sangay – Published in The Guardian, 7 August 2017 Rising temperatures on the roof of... Read More...
China in Talks to Sell Electricity to Myanmar
Friday, 04 August 2017
THE IRRAWADDYBy REUTERS |  4 August 2017 YANGON—Energy-hungry Myanmar is in initial talks to buy electricity from China, according to officials... Read More...
Where Will Myanmar's Energy Come From?
Friday, 04 August 2017
THE DIPLOMAT Energy demand in the country is expected to soar over the next decades. Can Myanmar keep the lights on? By Amara Thiha | August 04, 2017... Read More...
It’s time to renegotiate hydro contracts on the Thanlwin
Wednesday, 02 August 2017
FRONTIER MYANMAR Tuesday, August 01, 2017The future of the Myitsone Dam grabs headlines but attention also needs to be paid to a series of massive... Read More...
A RIVER RUNS THROUGH
Wednesday, 02 August 2017
WWF A GLOBAL WWF PROJECT THAT'S COMBINING BIG PARTNERSHIPS WITH BIGGER DATA TO MAP AND PROTECT THE WORLD'S LAST FREE-FLOWING RIVERSISSUE: Fall 2017 |... Read More...
£7.5m grant to ensure next generation dams promote sustainable development
Wednesday, 02 August 2017
Manchester Manchester,2August2017 An international consortium of researchers led by The University of Manchester will spend four years working to... Read More...
Solving Myanmar’s power problem
Tuesday, 01 August 2017
THE MYANMAR TIMES By Kang Wan Chern | Tuesday, 01 August 2017ABB believes microgrids are the solution to Myanmar’s power shortage problems. A... Read More...
UN envoy discusses refugee repatriation issues in Karen State
Tuesday, 18 July 2017
DVB By NAW NOREEN / DVB | 18 July 2017Karen civil society organisations met with UN Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee on Sunday in Karen State capital... Read More...
Experts Urge Govt to Embrace Renewable Energy
Tuesday, 18 July 2017
THE IRRAWADDY By NYEIN NYEIN 14 July 2017 YANGON – Experts urged the government to consider including renewable energy sources in the national... Read More...
Dams, reservoirs can rob downstream water users
Thursday, 13 July 2017
SciDev.Net By Claudia Caruana [NEW YORK] Reservoirs, dams and irrigation systems have increased water availability for much of the global population,... Read More...
Burmese president awaits key report on Myitsone
Wednesday, 05 July 2017
DVB By YE MON 4 July 2017 Print A second report covering the Myitsone dam project on the Irrawaddy River will soon be submitted to the Burmese... Read More...
IMAGE Afraid to Go Home: Recent Violent Conflict and Human Rights Abuses in Karen State
Friday, 14 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...

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