(May 30, 2003) As the huge reservoir behind China’s controversial Three Gorges dam begins to fill up this weekend, an urgent rescue operation is being launched further upstream to save the dam from being choked by silt.
More dams planned to soak up Three Gorges construction army
(May 9, 2003) The Three Gorges Corp. is planning to build four more dams in the Yangtze Valley to help absorb the huge labour force that was assembled for Three Gorges and will soon be idle, a Chinese newspaper says.
Enterprises called to frontline of green battle
(September 13, 2002) ‘Environmentalist Yu Xiaogang and his Green Watershed group, based in Kunming and famed for its opposition to dams on the Nu River, were awarded this year’s top prize.
Three Gorges just Act One in the drive to harness nature
(September 11, 2002) Even before all the generators at the Three Gorges dam come into operation, Chinese planners are furiously mapping out numerous dams along some of the biggest rivers in the southwestern part of the country.
China’s rivers to be dammed for evermore
(March 12, 2002) ‘Environmentalists call the Three Rivers project an assault on the last frontier of China’s wild countryside, in a debate that has broken new ground by being held largely in public.’
Undaunted by a critical barrage
(March 4, 2002) “We are not blindly opposed to dams,” says activist Wang Yongchen. She just wants a fair decision-making process on projects.
Xiaolangdi hydro customers in short supply
(September 25, 2001) Zhongguo shuili bao (China Water Resources News) published by the Ministry of Water Resources in Beijing, reports that the Xiaolangdi dam on the Yellow River has cut back power production to just five hours per day due to a lack of electricity demand in coal-rich Henan Province.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson’s press conference
(March 7, 2001) ‘I am not aware of any plan to build dams on the Nujiang River, nor the number of dams to be built,’ the foreign ministry spokesman tells the foreign press in Beijing.
45,874 MW of capacity approved from Aug to Dec 2005, half is hydropower
(January 30, 2001) Power projects with a total installed capacity of 45,874 MW were approved between August and December last year, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) revealed, and almost half of it was hydropower.
Director of Yunnan Environmental Protection Bureau visits Nu River dam site
(January 16, 2001) On 10 March, the Director of Yunnan Environmental Protection Bureau, Wang Jian-hua, led a 7-people delegate from the Bureau office, Planning and Finance Office, Pollution Control Office and the Institute of Environmental Science, to conduct a site visit in Baoshan Prefecture.
Foreign Ministry spokesman’s press conference
(October 26, 2000) Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao answers a question about proposed dam development in the Three Parallel Rivers UNESCO World Heritage site.
Flood of angry opposition to dam gets China’s attention
(July 20, 2000) Barely a month after the picturesque Nujiang river was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in July 2003, the Chinese government predictably revealed a plan to do what it has done at more than 20,000 locations across the country: Build a massive dam.
Hallmark dam completed on Yangtze River
(March 19, 2000) Construction crews finished the main wall of the world’s largest hydroelectic dam on Saturday, Xinhua News Agency reported. After 13 years of construction, the structure of the 185-meter-high (607 feet), 2,309-meter-long (1.4-mile-long) dam across the Yangtze River was completed at around 2 pm on Saturday.
500,000 people to be affected by Yunnan hydropower development in the next 15 years
(January 25, 2000) According to the 22nd meeting of the Standing Committee of Yunnan People’s Congress, starting from this year, Yunnan Province will have to move an average of 40,000 people every year to pave the way for hydropower development, which is equivalent to the total figure of dam migrants in the past 50 years.