Three Gorges Probe

About the contributors

About the Editors

Gráinne Ryder worked as an engineer in Thailand on village water supply projects for three years before joining Probe International in 1987 as a water resources researcher. She headed an international effort to stop the Three Gorges Project until 1990 when she returned to Thailand to coordinate a campaign against a series of dams on the Mekong River.

Margaret Barber joined Probe International in 1990 with a degree in economics and geography. Her work on the Three Gorges issue has included preparing cases opposing Canadian involvement in the project for submission to the International Water Tribunal in Amsterdam and Canada’s engineering associations.

About the Foreword Authors

Dai Qing. A Chinese engineer, environmentalist, and award-winning journalist, Dai Qing was the chief editor of Yangtze! Yangtze!, the first Chinese book critical of the Three Gorges Dam. Released in early 1989, the Far Eastern Economic Review called Yangtze! Yangtze! “a watershed event in post-1949 Chinese politics.” For her role in spurring the public debate on the wisdom of the Three Gorges Dam, Dai Qing was arrested and detained without trial in a maximum security prison for ten months. The first edition of Damming The Three Gorges was dedicated to Dai Qing.

Niu Kangsheng, M.A. was born in the riverside town of Wanxian on the Yangtze River (which would be drowned by the Three Gorges reservoir). He was Associate Professor of English in Chongqing for 25 years. Now residing in Canada, he is an instructor of Chinese drama and culture at York and Waterloo Universities. About the Experts

Philip M. Fearnside, Ph.D. is Research Professor at Brazil’s National Institute for Research in the Amazon. He has worked in India and travelled extensively in China, including the Three Gorges area. His expertise is in the evaluation of development projects including hydroelectric dams. As a Guggenheim Fellow he studied proposed World Bank projects around the world, including the Three Gorges Project.

Joseph S. Larson, Ph.D. is Professor and Director of the Environment Institute, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, U.S.A. His area of expertise is wetland policy and he has visited the middle and lower Yangtze Valley.

Shiu-hung Luk, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Toronto, Canada. As a soil erosion specialist, he is involved with soil conservation research and programs in China.

Vijay Paranjpye, Ph.D. is Professor of Economics at Ness Wadia College of Commerce, India. He is the author of Evaluating the Tehri Dam and High Dams on the Narmada which evaluate the cost-benefit analyses used to justify India’s Tehri Dam and Narmada Valley Project.

Alan Penn, M.Sc. has Master of Science degrees from both Cambridge University, England and McGill University, Canada, and a background in chemical limnology and hydrology. He is an environmental advisor to the Cree Regional Authority, where he has work for 12 years on mercury-related issues in Northern Quebec, Canada.

Vaclav Smil, Ph.D. is Professor of Geography at the University of Manitoba, Canada. He is the author of several books on China’s energy and environment including Energy in China’s Modernization.

David L. Wegner, M.Sc. is an aquatic biologist with a background in engineering. He works with the Glen Canyon Environmental Studies Project of the U.S. Department of Interior, conducting scientific studies to determine the environmental impacts of the Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River, U.S.A.

Joseph Whitney, Ph.D. is Chairman and Professor of Geography at the University of Toronto, Canada. With expertise in soil erosion management and environmental impact assessments, he is involved with the design and implementation of soil erosion management projects in China.

Philip B. Williams, Ph.D., P.E. is a hydrologist and engineering consultant, and a partner in Philip B. Williams and Associates, Hydrological Consultants. He is also President of the International Rivers Network, based in San Francisco, U.S.A.

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