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.


“Wait and see” for Myitsone Dam’s future
Monday, 24 April 2017
MYANMAR TIMES By Ye Mon and Htoo Thant | Monday, 24 April 2017Although Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw’s China visit early this month was a success,... Read More...
An Iconic River in Conflict: A Photo Journey Along the Salween River
Thursday, 20 April 2017
International Rivers Thu, 04/20/2017 - 10:10pmThe Salween River holds a unique place among the world’s great rivers, not only due to its vibrant... Read More...
‘They Do Not Count Us’: Resisting the Myitsone Dam Beyond China, the US, and Big Geopolitics
Wednesday, 19 April 2017
THE IRRAWADDY By LAUR KIIK 19 April 2017 In autumn 2011, waterways took on an unprecedented prominence in Burmese thinking, thanks to the great... Read More...
A Dam Project in Myanmar
Tuesday, 18 April 2017
THE NEW YORK TIMES APRIL 17, 2017 To the Editor: “A Chinese-Backed Dam Project Puts Myanmar in a Bind” (news article, April 2), about the... Read More...
China may scrap divisive dam in Myanmar to advance other interests: sources
Wednesday, 05 April 2017
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A Chinese-Backed Dam Project Leaves Myanmar in a Bind
Saturday, 01 April 2017
THE NEW YORK TIMES By MIKE IVESMARCH 31, 2017 AUNG MYIN THA, Myanmar — For six years, Daw Kaw Bu has waited to return to the village she was forced... Read More...
Demand to stop dam projects
Wednesday, 29 March 2017
MYANMAR TIMES By Kyi Kyi Sway | Tuesday, 28 March 2017About 400 villagers gathered on the banks of the Namtu River in Hsipaw township, Shan State... Read More...
Campaigners Warn of Dams’ Impact
Tuesday, 14 March 2017
THE IRRAWADDY By SAN YAMIN AUNG 14 March 2017 RANGOON — On the occasion of the International Day of Action for Rivers, campaigners in Burma... Read More...
Myanmar’s toxic legacy of large dams
Tuesday, 14 March 2017
The country’s first strategic environmental review provides a chance to demand more from investors and dam builders, but is still being seen as too... Read More...
Breaking Myanmar's hydropower deadlock
Monday, 13 March 2017
FRONTIER MYANMAR Monday, March 13, 2017With the country’s power needs growing rapidly each year, hydropower is seen as a potential solution – but... Read More...
Kachin govt meets Chinese firm over Myitsone dam
Monday, 13 March 2017
Eleven Media Group Submitted by Eleven on Fri, 03/10/2017 - 19:55Writer: Tun Lin Aung The Myanmar Green Network meets in Myitsone, Shan State, last... Read More...
Conservationists: Myanmar Wildlife Sanctuary Under Threat from China-backed Dam
Thursday, 09 March 2017
VOA BANGKOK — Conservationists are calling for support to protect a major wildlife sanctuary in Myanmar’s northern Karen state they say is... Read More...
Why do hydro-hegemons cooperate? China’s and India’s transboundary river policies
Tuesday, 28 February 2017
GLOBAR WATER FORUM POSTED ON FEBRUARY 27, 2017 IN GOVERNANCE, TRANSBOUNDARYDr. Selina Ho, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University... 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...

Voices of the Dammed

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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