A recently built dam on the Longjiang (Nam Mao or Shweli) river in Yunnan Province of China has severely disrupted the livelihoods of about 16,000 villagers living in the Mao Valley along the northern Shan State border in Burma.

Published in December 2010
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The latest newsletter from the Salween Watch Coalition gives an update on the Tai Prime Minister's directive to study the impacts of the Hatgyi Dam, a new agreement on the upper Kulong dam, and Chin's plans to build seven new dams in eastern Shan State on tributaries of the Salween and Mekong rivers. There is also a profile of Sinohydro, one of China's biggest hydropower companies that is involvedd in the Salween dams.


Pulished in march 2010

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The photo report focuses on the ecologically unique area of Keng Kham, a community of 15,000 that was forcibly relocated over ten years ago; the majority has fled to Thailand. Today the estimated 3,000 that remain are managing to maintain their livelihoods and culture despite the constant threats of the Burma Army and the impending Tasang dam.  
Indigenous Shan cultural practices, river-fed farms, sacred cave temples and pristine waterfalls are depicted in photos from this isolated war-zone, together with updated information about the dam project, which has been shrouded in secrecy.
Published in July 2009
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An update on open local resistance to the seven dams that China Power Investment Corporation (CPI) is building on the Irrawaddy, N'mai and Mali rivers in Burma's northern Kachin State. The booklet describes the construction activity at the Chibwe dam site and the imminent forced relocation of 15,000 villagers for the construction of the Irrawaddy Myitsone Dam. The booklet includes excerpts from open letters to Burma's military junta and the full text of a letter to CPI.

Publish in October 2009

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This is the first biodiversity survey of the Salween River in Karen State, and documents 194 plant species and 200 animals, including 42 endangered species. Based on surveys conducted for three months at Khoe Kay, a bend in the river near the Weigyi dam site, it includes comprehensive charts and unique photographs. Published in October 2008.

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