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Fight against dams along the Irrawaddy River

The Myanmar government decided in February, 2011 to postpone the Myitsone hydro-electricity dam which is to be built at the upper stream of the Ayeyarwady River. The justification was that the project would be harmful to the country’s economy and society.

By Vo Thi Thuy Van

Kachin, Myanmar, December 21, 2016

FBNC

The Myanmar government decided in February, 2011 to postpone the Myitsone hydro-electricity dam which is to be built at the upper stream of the Ayeyarwady River. The justification was that the project would be harmful to the country’s economy and society.

The decision made its Chinese partner, the China Power Investment Corporation (CPI) unhappy. However, it reportedly met the expectations of 90% of the Myanmar people according to a survey on the project.

However, this is not a final decision for the dam. In early 2016, China suggested to resume the dam project right after the National League for Democracy and Aung San Suu Kyi took power in late 2015.

What would happen in Myanmar if the new government would restart the project which is affected by economics, politics and society?

Vietnam’s Financial Business News Channel (FBNC) explores dams on the Irrawaddy river in this video report in Vietnamese language with English subtitles. This is part four of reporter Vo Thi Thuy Van’s series on regional dams.

 

 

This story was produced in collaboration with The Mekong Eye and Mekong Matters Journalism Network . The journalist and their outlet retain full editorial and copyright control.

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