Thousands of villagers in the north of Burma (Myanmar) are being forcibly moved from their homes to make way for a new hydro-electric dam. Up to 10,000 people in Kachin State will be displaced and 47 villages will disappear beneath the waters following construction of the Myitsone dam – which will create a lake some 300 square miles, almost the size of New York City.

Salween Dams

Salween Dams and Conflicts

Background of Salween(ThanLwin) River
The Salween Rivers is one of the world longest river is 1,780 miles length. It started from Tibetan Plateau and flows into through China's Yunnan Province. It also flows through Shan State, Kayinni (Kayah) State, Karen and Mon State then flowing into the Gulf of Mottama. Salween River is 700 miles long through in Burma(Myanmar).


This guide provides general information about dams and their impacts, gives concrete ideas on how to challenge dams, and shares lessons and ideas from the growing international movement against destructive dams.
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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 burmariversnetwork@gmail.com or visit this website for updates on current campaigns.

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