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Posted by Ethio Tribune on December 17, 2012

China plans over 300 dam projects worldwide

Few Chinese dam builders and financiers have adopted environmental policies in line with international standards,” the report notes, adding that Chinese companies have been involved with building notorious dams, such as the Gibe III in Ethiopia, the Bukan Dam in Malaysia, the Myitsone Dam in Myanmar, and the Merowe Dam in Sudan.

For example, over 50,000 people were forcibly moved in order to build the Merowe Dam. According to the report, the Sudan government “brutally oppressed any protests. Several people were killed and many more were injured in crack-downs by the security forces.”

A number of Chinese-financed dams have faced local and global resistance. Progress has been made in some cases: this year the Sinohydro Corporation has adopted its first ever environmental policy.

We wondered why the dams in the developed nations are not refereed as ‘notorious’  then.

 

One Response to “”

  1. Tes said

    There are thousands of dams and hydro power plants all over the developed world and no one refers to them notorious. I only know of a small dam in the North West USA that was considered to be demolished in the 90’s as a study had determined it was causing problem with Salmon fish reproduction as they swim upstream to where they hatch their eggs. The USA currently produces about 10-15% of its power from Hydro. This is more than all the electric power produced in all of Africa.

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