By Huang Jingjing Source:Global Times Published: 2017/5/2 19:38:39

Homeless phoenix

○ The green peafowl, long seen as the real-life phoenix, is disappearing from China

○ A wild rush to build dams in Southwest China's Yunnan Province has been blamed for the destruction of their habitat

○ Environmental NGOs are calling on the authorities to stop a large hydroelectric project that may destroy the last home of the bird in China


By Ye Mon and Htoo Thant | Monday, 24 April 2017
Although Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw’s China visit early this month was a success, the fate of the US$3.6 billion Myitsone Dam is still in a “wait and see” mode.

When President U Htin Kyaw visited China for six days earlier this month, he discussed the fate of the multi-billion dollar dam project with his Chinese counterparts.

International Rivers

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 10:10pm
The Salween River holds a unique place among the world’s great rivers, not only due to its vibrant ecosystem and the rich biodiversity that it supports, but also because it remains largely untouched by human interventions, including dams. The majority of the river continues to flow freely. The Salween is home to a large number of diverse ethnic communities. Despite decades of armed conflict and forced displacement, the Salween River has remained a constant home, a source of livelihood, food security, culture and identity for thousands of communities.


By LAUR KIIK 19 April 2017

In autumn 2011, waterways took on an unprecedented prominence in Burmese thinking, thanks to the great Myitsone Dam controversy.

The Myitsone mega-project envisioned the construction of large hydropower dams, seven altogether, on the upper reaches of Burma’s most important river, the Irrawaddy, with the most powerful dam nearby the revered Myitsone confluence. The project began secretively during the junta era in the mid-2000s and is led by a large Chinese state-owned hydropower corporation. Situated near the China border, the dams would have provided large amounts of electricity to China and significant revenue for the Burmese government. At the time, this was China’s largest hydropower project ever proposed abroad.

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