Yangtze River

Chinese provincial governments along the Yangtze River unite to stop the “disorderly” development of small hydropower plants

Construction along the Chishui River, a major tributary of the Yangtze (February 2018)
Monday, June 4, 2018
Construction along the Chishui River, a major tributary of the Yangtze (February 2018) Chinese provincial governments are reflecting top leadership priorities that call for increased attention to protect the Yangtze River. On May 30th 2018, the Development and Reform Commission bureaus of ten provinces (Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, Jiangxi, Hubei, Hunan, Chongqing, Sichuan, Guizhou and Yunnan) jointly announced a ban on all small hydropower projects along the Yangtze River Economic Belt. An announcement on the National Development and Reform Commission website explains that the provinces op

China Commits to Protecting the Yangtze River

After decades of rapid development, China commits to protecting the world's third-longest river.

Friends of Nature Response to MEP’s Rejection of the Xiaonanhai Project

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
On 30 March 2015, China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) released the Jinsha River Wudongde Hydropower Plant EIA Report Review (the Review), in which Three Gorges Corp and other organizations are banned from “the planning and construction of Xiaonanhai Dam, Zhuyangxi Dam, Shipeng Dam or other barrage or dam projects within protected areas including the mainstream of Yangtze River from Xiangjiaba Dam site to the Three Gorges Dam site, as well as its branches such as Minjiang River and Chishui River”. In the Review, the MEP also notes that “in the past decade, the national na

Yangtze River

Great Bend, Jinsha River, China
The Jinsha River (or "River of Golden Sands") is the name of the 2,300-kilometer section of the Yangtze River from Yushu in Qinghai Province to Yibin in Sichuan. Here the river carves a string of grand canyons, home to diverse ethnic minority groups and some of China's most important biodiversity hotspots. The Jinsha River is also at the heart of one of the largest hydropower development areas in the world. Planned hydropower output in this area is equal to about ten times the power produced by the Three Gorges Dam alone.

Dam the Consequences

Thursday, July 11, 2002
Building yet another dam could threaten an ages-old engineering marvel in Sichuan and a key part of China's heritage. But the project is going ahead as authorities smother public debate on its impact. By David Murphy/DUJIANGYAN, SICHUAN PROVINCE Far Eastern Economic Review ON A SPRING AFTERNOON in western China's Sichuan province, explosions echo across a steep-sided valley, dust plumes rise and trucks loaded with earth ply one side of the valley floor. All this is part of what is becoming the most controversial power project in China since the massive Three Gorges dam b

Report on Resettlement at Zipingpu Dam

Sunday, May 1, 2005
Chinese researcher Fan Xiao visited the communities resettled by Zipingpu Dam and found evidence of graft and corruption, violation of rights, and dissatisfaction with the amount of compensation given.

Major Yangtze Tributary Drying Up

Saturday, April 23, 2005
http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=31&art_id=qw1114240324901C551 Beijing - A series of dams and hydro projects in southwestern China's Sichuan province have caused one of the upper Yangtze River's largest tributaries to run dry in places, a Canadian-based environmental watchdog said Saturday. Local residents and water experts are concerned that the 735-kilometre Min River could become permanently altered by dams built on its upper reaches which also threaten one of the world's oldest irrigation systems downstream, Probe International said.
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