Dammed by Burma’s Generals

The Karenni Experience with Hydropower Development from Lawpita to the Salween

This report documents the story of Burma’s first major hydropower project at Lawpita in Karenni State: the construction of the Mobye dam, the displacement of 12,000 people, the restriction on water use, and the consequences of landmines employed to secure power stations. Reflecting on the lessons of Lawpita, the report then examines the potential impact of the planned Weigyi dam on the Salween, including a reservoir the size of Singapore that will submerge the ancient capital of Bawlake, fertile farming lands, and some of the world’s last remaining rainforests. Published in March 2006.

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