Monitoring Development on Burma’s Mekong
A periodic magazine that monitors developments along Burma’s Mekong River.

Issue 3
Published in April 2009, this issue focuses on how the expanding influence of Chinese interests in the Golden Triangle region, from rubber plantations to wildlife trading, is bringing rapid destructive changes to local communities.  There are also articles on opium cultivation, mining operations, the mainstream Mekong dams in China, and unprecedented flooding downstream.

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Issue 2
Published in July 2006, this issue includes articles about unpredictable water surges and flows due to dams upstream on the Mekong, unrestricted logging, a mining project that threatens the En people, opium cultivation, and the lawlessness of eastern Shan State.

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Issue 1
Published in January 2005, this issue includes articles on the consequences of the Mekong Navigation Improvement Project, how intensive logging threatens the Mabri people in Shan State, roads construction, and human trafficking along the Mekong.


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This report documents the implementation and consequences of the Mekong Navigation Improvement Project. It includes a background of the project, maps of the reef blasting sites, and details of affected villages. The report also examines the larger context of destructive development process unfolding in eastern Shan State. Published in August 2003.

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The Burma Army clears the way for Chinese dams on the Shweli River

This is the story of Man Tat, a Palaung village of 700 that was overrun with 300 armed soldiers that set up a permanent base to facilitate the building of the Shweli 1 dam by Chinese companies. The report also provides information on Chinese plans for future dams and the companies involved. Published in December 2007.


To download: English | Burmese | Chinese

Salween Dams Threaten Downstream Communities in Burma

This report is an examination of how the Salween dams may impact the complex and delicate ecosystem of the Salween delta and the livelihoods of the half million people living there. Published in May 2007.


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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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Burma Army atrocities pave the way for Salween dams in Karen State
This report details the significant increase of Burma Army garrisons and the subsequent military offensives and abuses in the area of the Weigyi and Dagwin dams in Karen State. Published in November 2004.

 

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