April 25, 2006
Yu Xiaogang, who has won a 2006 Goldman Environmental Prize, led a group of Nu valley farmers on a field trip two years ago to visit the Manwan dam on the Lancang (Mekong) River. The visitors were shocked at the destitution they found.
Yu Xiaogang, founder of the Kunming-based group Green Watershed, has
won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize in recognition of his
work on watershed management and the social impacts of dam building in
|Yu Xiaogang at Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yunnan
(Photo courtesy of Tom Dusenberg/Goldman Environmental Prize)
- See the Goldman Prize site [PDF] for a profile of Yu Xiaogang, photos and video.
- See an account
of an eye-opening field trip Mr. Yu led two years ago when he took a
group of Nu valley residents to visit the Manwan dam on the Lancang
(Mekong) River, to see how people resettled a decade earlier for that
project were faring. The Nu valley visitors, themselves facing possible
resettlement due to dam development on their own river, were shocked at
the destitution they found.
- See our fact box,
with background information on the plans to dam the Nu, one of only two
major rivers in China that remain unfragmented by dams.
Categories: China's Dams