Views on the Irrawaddy Myitsone Dam

This week DPDM’s trucks explore Kachin state and focusses on the controversial Irrawaddy Myitsone Dam project. China Power Investment had hoped to build a dam to produce electricity, but there are serious doubts about the quality and independence of the Environmental Impact Assessment for this mega-dam project, as well as concerns regarding the resettlement process and the role of the project in exacerbating the long-standing conflict between the ethnic Kachin people and the military government. Thanks to local and international pressure, the project has been postponed until 2015.

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The Myitsone Dam is located a mile below the confluence of the Mali and N’Mai rivers in Kachin State, the source of the Irrawaddy River. The dam’s reservoir will submerge important historical and cultural sites at the Mali and N’mai Hka rivers, as well as what is widely recognized as the birthplace of Burma. The dam is also located in a region that is recognized as one of the world’s top biodiversity hotspots and a global conservation priority. Source: Internationalrivers.org.

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DVB’s Roadshow team speaks with local villagers about their views on the land. If you have any opinion you would like to share, please comment on DPDM’s facebook (link).

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The Roadies are testing their ‘drone’ this week: curious how it looks from up there? Watch this Saturday on DVB TV at 17:30 the new episode of ‘Doh Pyay Doh Myay’.

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