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China’s overseas dam industry is building hundreds of dams around the world, particularly in Southeast Asia and Africa. The guide The New Great Walls: A Guide to China’s Overseas Dam Industry provides useful information for groups concerned about dam projects in which Chinese companies and financiers are involved, including:
  • A “who's who” among Chinese companies and financiers
  • Information about policies and commitments Chinese companies and financiers should follow
  • A map of China’s major overseas dam projects
  • Analysis of the reasons behind the global expansion of China's dam industry
  • An action guide for how to address problematic dams built by Chinese companies and financiers, and who to reach out to for help
  • A sample letter to a Chinese dam building company
To download: English | Burmese

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The Conservation of Water Resources and Rivers Law was adopted by the State Peace and Development Council on October 2, 2006. To see the full text of the law: English | Burmese

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The World Commission on Dams (WCD)
The WCD was an independent, international, multi-stakeholder process which addressed the controversial issues associated with large dams. After more than two years of extensive research, the commission released the full report Dams and Development: A New Framework for Decision Making in several languages. To read just the Guidelines and Criteria section of the report, click here .To read the Briefing Kit on the WCD's Recommendations in Action, click here


The International Hydropower Association (IHA)
Formed under the auspices of UNESCO in 1995 as a forum to promote and disseminate good practice and further knowledge about hydropower, the IHA has members in more than 80 countries. It is a non-governmental, mutual association of organisations and individuals with membership open to all those involved in hydropower. Sinohydro is the only Chinese member of the IHA.

The IHA has produced Sustainability Guidelines to provide hydropower developers and operators with a framework for good practice in accordance to the values of equity, efficiency, participatory decision-making, sustainability and accountability. To read: English | Chinese

The IHA also has a Sustainability Assessment Protocol. To read: English

Policies Guiding Chinese Dam Building
Information about Chinese law governing domestic dam building, Chinese policies on overseas dams, and international guidelines that can be applied to Chinese overseas dam projects, can be found in the guide The New Great Walls: A Guide to China’s Overseas Dam Industry.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Dams
www.internationalrivers.org

Dams: What They Are and What They Do
www.internationalrivers.org

Basic Dam Impacts

Explore the components of healthy rivers and what happens when a dam is built at this interactive website
www.dameffects.org

Geoguide Dams
An interactive educational website from National Geographic that looks at rivers before, during, and after dam construction
www.nationalgeographic.com

Dammed Rivers, Damned Lives: The Case Against Large Dams
To download - English | Burmese


Silenced Rivers: The Ecology and Politics of Large Dams

www.internationalrivers.org

World Commission on Dams (WCD)
The WCD was an independent, international, multi-stakeholder process which addressed the controversial issues associated with large dams. After more than two years of extensive research, the commission released the report Dams and Development: A New Framework for Decision Making. The basis of the report is a comprehensive series of studies known as the WCD Knowledge Base. The WCD website is http://dams.org

 

Should we build more large dams?

To download: English

www.journals.elsevier.com

Voices of the Dammed

Development in Burma