Dams Built by China

China's Global Role in Dam Building

Chinese companies and Chinese banks are now the biggest builders and financiers of global dam building. Chinese banks and companies are involved in some 330 dams in 74 different countries since 2000, particularly in Africa and Southeast Asia. International Rivers works with its partners to communicate the experiences of the international movement for "people, water, and life" to new dam financiers and dam builders in China.

Nu River Conservation Studies: Biodiversity, Management, and Hydropower Development

Monday, June 27, 2016
The Nu/Salween River originates in the Tibetan plateau and flows south through Thailand and Burma before emptying into the Andaman Sea. It is the western-most river in the “Three Parallel Rivers” UNESCO Wold Heritage Site, and the last major free-flowing river in China. Remote stretches of the river teem with plant and animal biodiversity that is yet to be fully understood. The area remains a natural gem, and one of the last symbols of China’s wild natural landscape. In the face of development plans for a large cascade of hydropower stations to be built on the Nu, the river has taken ce

Benchmarking Report Stage One: the Environmental and Social Policies and Practices of Chinese Overseas Hydropower Companies

In recent years, the global hydropower market has changed dramatically. Once the province of Western firms, these days large new companies from China and other countries are dominating the market. In a remarkable turn of events, these new companies have committed to following national laws, World Bank policies, UN guidelines and other standards as they construct their projects. What does this mean in practice? Which companies perform best, and which are lagging behind? International Rivers’ new benchmarking report released in June 2015 details how the social and environmental policies of r

Lower Sesan 2: Same Company, Two Dams, One River Report

Saturday, January 31, 2015
China’s enthusiasm for dam building has in recent years spilled over into the Mekong region. Development plans and construction for a 28 dam cascade on the Upper Mekong (Lancang River) have been underway for over 20 years, which have fundamentally altered the entire Mekong River Basin. However, more recent has been the emergence of Chinese state-owned enterprises active in dam building in China taking a leading role in hydropower development of the Lower Mekong River Basin as project developers with the support of China’s “going-out” policy. In line with this trend, Hydrolancang – re

Activist Guides to Sinohydro’s Environment and Social Policies

Thursday, December 11, 2014
To support local NGOs and communities understanding of the different standards and commitments applicable to Sinohydro projects around the world, we have developed two user guides to Sinohydro’s environmental policies to reflect the differentiated levels of responsibilities when undertaking hydropower projects overseas. In most cases, Sinohydro plays the role of EPC Contractor (Equipment, Procurement and Construction), responsible for building the project but not developing or operating the completed hydropower dam. However, in a growing number of cases, Sinohydro has played the role of p

Independent Expert Review of the Myitsone Dam EIA

Monday, September 30, 2013
A survey of the “Environmental Impact Report of Hydropower Development in the Upper Reaches of the Ayeyawady River” has found that the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) contains some serious deficiencies and flawed conclusions.

International Rivers Actions During Sinohydro's IPO

Sunday, September 30, 2012
In recent years, the Chinese government has encouraged state-owned enterprises to issue public shares, and as a result, many Chinese dam-building companies have started to issue new shares. During an IPO, there is significant attention on the company’s performance and business risk. International Rivers took a series of actions during the Initial Public Offering (IPO) of Sinohydro, which commenced in March 2009 and concluded in September 2012. International Rivers IPO campaign was not a simple protest, but represented an opportunity to continue our case for environmental policy reform and he

Nam Ou River

Khmu Elder Rowing Boat Along the Nam Ou
The Nam Ou spans 450 kilometers, flowing south from mountains near the Lao-China border in Northern Laos to meet the waters of the mainstream Mekong River. Along the way, the river traverses through the provinces of Phongsaly, Oudomxay and Luang Prabang, past mountains, forested valleys and stunning limestone karsts. Yet, fundamental changes to the riparian ecosystems and surrounding communities are underway as the development of a seven-dam cascade by China’s Sinohydro Corporation moves forward. To date, thousands of affected people have received little information about the project or plan

The Myitsone Dam on the Irrawaddy River: A Briefing

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
1. BackgroundProject Overview The Myitsone Hydroelectric Project is located at the confluence of the Mali and N'Mai rivers and is the largest of seven dams (total capacity 13,360 MW) planned along the Irrawaddy, Mali Hka, and N'Mai Hka rivers in Burma. Scheduled for completion in 2019, Myitsone will become the 15th largest hydropower station in the world, with installed capacity at 6,000 MW. The dam project is expected to costs USD $3.6 billion dollars and is being developed by Myanmar Ministry of Electric Power-1, China Power Investment Corporation, and Asia World Company of Burma. Region


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