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.


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
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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...
Water diplomacy
Friday, 17 February 2017
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Killing the Mekong dam by dam
Friday, 17 February 2017
THE NATION February 14, 2017 01:00 By Tom Fawthrop Special to The Nation Will it bring economic benefits or will the losses outweigh the gains? Down... Read More...
Longer wait for final word on Myitsone dam project
Monday, 13 February 2017
MYANMAR TIMES By Ye Mon | Wednesday, 08 February 2017The struggle goes on over whether the controversial Myitsone dam and other hydropower projects... Read More...
New study shows significant impact of Chinese dams on Mekong
Monday, 06 February 2017
Dam construction has resulted in widely fluctuating river flow, threatening fish productivity, which is key to region’s people and economy, writes... Read More...
The Whig interpretation of the Myitsone dam dilemma
Tuesday, 31 January 2017
NEW MANDALALIU YUN - 31 JAN, 2017Decision to stop controversial Chinese-backed project should not be taken as a ‘watershed’ moment in Myanmar’s... Read More...
Environmental groups voice opposition to IFC dam workshops
Tuesday, 31 January 2017
Posted By: SHAN on: January 27, 2017Leading Burmese environmental groups, including Burma Rivers Network (BRN) and Save the Salween Network (SSN),... Read More...
China's Myanmar Dam Hypocrisy
Friday, 27 January 2017
THE DIPLOMAT China is preserving the ecology of the Nu River within its borders. Downstream in Myanmar, it’s a different story. By Tom... Read More...
IMAGE Afraid to Go Home: Recent Violent Conflict and Human Rights Abuses in Karen State
Thursday, 13 November 2014
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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
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IMAGE China’s Dam Industry
Tuesday, 19 August 2008
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Burma’s River Law
Tuesday, 19 August 2008
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About Dams
Tuesday, 19 August 2008
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