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Title: Salween Watch
Description/subject: "...Salween Watch was set up with the primary aim of preventing the building of harmful hydroelectric dams on the Salween River. The group members aim to inform and raise awareness among local and international communities about the impacts of the proposed hydropower development projects in the Salween Basin. The coalition works to collect information directly from the affected project areas about the environment and the people. It also collects and analyses information from the media and from other credible sources. The information is used to raise awareness about the development projects and the potential effects on the environment. Both the positive and negative aspects of development projects among the affected communities are evaluated. The group strives to build the capacity of local activists, and supports local community initiatives to help organise against development projects that potentially harm their livelihoods. At the same time, much of the group's information and campaign activities are directed outwards, with the aim of alerting and motivating key sections of the regional and international community who are in a position to access more information, influence policy, and block the financing of the hydroelectric power projects..." Sections include: Salween River; Environmental Impacts; Social Impacts; Maps.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Salween Watch
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Individual Documents

Title: Hydropower Projects on the Salween River: An Update
Date of publication: 14 March 2014
Description/subject: "Over the past decade, plans for 13 hydropower projects have been proposed for the Salween River in China and another six in the lower reaches of the river in Burma and at the border of Thailand-Burma. Very little information about the projects has been disclosed to the public. Unrest in the ethnic states of Burma has also hampered independent efforts to gather information but Thai and Burmese state and private agencies have also made little effort share the information. In August 2013, according to a high ranking official in Burma’s Ministry of Electric Power, six hydropower projects are being developed onBurma’s Salween River including the Upper Salween Dam, also known as Kunlong Dam (1,400 MW), Nong Pha Dam (1,000 MW), Mai Tong Dam also known as Tasang Dam (7,110 MW), Manntaung on a tributary of the Salween (200 MW) (the four dams are located in Shan State), Ywathit Dam in Kayah (Karenni) State (4,000 MW) and Hat Gyi Dam in Karen State (1,360 MW). The projects are being developed jointly between Chinese corporations, Thailand’s EGAT International Co., Ltd. and Burmese investors. Once the project agreements are signed it is estimated that it will take about 4 to 10 years to complete construction. A Thai news agency has also reported that two more projects named Mae Sariang 1 and Mae Sariang 2 are also being developed. It is assumed that the two projects are in fact the Wei Gyi and Dagwin Dams that have long been proposed to be built at the Thailand-Burma border. The two projects were originally mulled by the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) and an MoU has been signed with Burmese authorities on these two projects. Originating in the Himalaya Mountain Range in Tibet, the Salween River flows through China’s Yunnan province into Burma and Thailand covering a length of 2,800 kilometers from the source down to the Andaman Sea. It is one of the last international rivers in the world which can still run free. It boasts one of the richest biodiversity sources of the region and is home to at least 13 ethnic groups, including the Nu, Lisu, Shan, Karen, Pa-o, Karenni, and Mon. Salween Watch has been compiling information about the projects through its networks and would like to provide an annual update as follows:.."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Salween Watch
Format/size: pdf (130K-reduced version; 402K-original)
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/Salween-Watch-2014-03-14-Hydropower_Projects_on_the_Salween_Rive...
http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs21/Salween-Watch-2014-03-14-Hydropower_Projects_on_the_Salween_Rive...
Date of entry/update: 06 March 2016


Title: SALWEEN WATCH UPDATE, VOL.16 , April-May 2004
Date of publication: May 2004
Description/subject: 1. The Battle of the Dambusters - Saving China's Virgin Rivers, Shanghai Daily, May 3, 2004; 2. Killing Nujiang hydro project the right move, Xiao Hua, April 29, 2004; 3. Chinese Ambassador to Thailand met with the Thai Energy Minister, Matichon Daily, April 20, 2004; 4.China, in surprise step, puts large dam on hold, Jim Yardley, New York Times Friday, April 9, 2004; 5. China's premier reportedly orders restudy of controversial dam...., Asia News, April 9, 2004; 6 . Dam activists win first round, S.H.A.N, April 3, 2004; 7 . Nujiang hydropower development, Eastern Morning Post, April 2, 2004, translated by Kevin Li; 8 . Let the Salween flow, Hseng Kham, Salween Watch, 21 March, 2004; 9 . President Hu asked to stop the Salween dams, S.H.A.N. March 13, 2004; 10 . Opening survey on the Kok begins, S.H.A.N, March 12, 2004; 11 . Dam on China's Salween goes for it, S.H.A.N, March 11, 2004; 12 . Norway behind Mekong power plan, S.H.A.N., March 10, 2004; 13.UN agency hits China over dams, The Nation, March 2, 2004; 14.Thai-Burmese plan to dam two rivers, Bangkok Post, February 25, 2004; 15.NHPC to help set up 800 MW power plant in Myanmar, Times News Network, February 25, 2004; 16.Indian Power Company to Invest in Myanmar, Mike Hurle, World Markets Research, February 25, 2004; 17.No sign of dam on the Salween, S.H.A.N, February 25, 2004.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Salween Watch
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 10 November 2004


Title: SALWEEN WATCH UPDATE, VOL. 15, September 2003 - January 2004
Date of publication: January 2004
Description/subject: Contents: 1. Egat told to suspend dam talks, The Nation, Oct 27, 2003; 2. China, Myanmar sign contract on power transmission, People’s daily online, October 10, 2003; 3. China to discuss Salween dam project, Bangkok Post, October 6, 2003; 4. Tough challenges face Egat chief ahead of IPO, The Nation, Sep 10, 2003 5. Activists protest Tasang dam, October 13; 6. Tough challenges face Egat chief ahead of IPO, The Nation, Sep 10, 2003; 7. Minefield delays goods on way to Burma, The Bangkok Post, October 6, 2003; 8. China Huadian Corp to lead Nu River (upper Salween); hydropower plan, Yunnan TV, June 14, 2003, and Yunnan Daily, June 15, 2003; 9. Relocation of Mae Khon Kha Refugee Camp: Voices of Refugees; 10. Petition to Chinese Government on Upper Salween Dams, December 16, 2003.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Salween WAtch
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 10 November 2004


Title: Salween Watch Update March - August 2003, Volume 14
Date of publication: August 2003
Description/subject: 1. SALWEEN IS HOME TO NEW DAM ROW - KULTIDA SAMABUDDHI -Bangkok Post, 9 April 2003; 2. DAM - A COVER-UP FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF STRATEGIC ROAD BY BURMA TO CONTAIN SHAN MILITANTS - Asian Tribune, 24 April 2003; 3. BURMA TO GET POWER STATION (summary)- Bangkok Post, 11 August 2003; 4. THAILAND TO LOBBY MYANMAR FOR SALWEEN POWER PROJECT- Dow Jones Newswires, 24 April 2003; 5. TROOPS SURVEY DAM IMPACTS (summary)- Bangkok Post, 7 August 2003; 6. PM WANTS KAREN PEOPLE, STORED LOGS MOVED OUT- Yuwadee Tunyasiri, Bangkok Post, 25 April 2003; 7. BURMESE REFUGEES TO SHIFT FROM SALWEEN (summary)- Bangkok Post, 02 July 2003; 8. BURMESE TO BE SHIFTED FROM CAMP (summary)- Bangkok Post, 3 August 2003; 9. KRAISAK URGES GOVT TO ABANDON PROJECT- Apiradee Treerutkuarkul, Bangkok Post, 25 April 2003; 10. HELP NEEDED IN SOCIAL AREA, SAYS SURAKIART (summary)- Bhanravee Tansubhapol Achara Ashayagachat, Bangkok Post, 29 April 2003; 11. KRAISAK WARNS DAMS MAY BLUR BORDERLINE- Wasant Techawongtham, Bangkok Post, 29 April 2003; 12. PAST ERRORS MAKE NO IMPRESSION ON EGAT- Wasant Techawongtham, Bangkok Post, 2 May 2003; 13. MONEY SQUANDERED BY 'POOR PREPARATION" (summary)- Preeyanat Phanayanggoor -Bangkok Post, 16 April 2003; 14. TOO MANY PROJECTS GONE BUST (summary)- Kamol Hengkietisal -Bangkok Post, 20 April 2003; 15. INDIA SCOUTS FOR EXPLORATION PROJECTS IN MYANMAR (summary)- Asian Tribune, 2 May 2003; 16. CABINET GIVES GREEN LIGHT FOR RATIFICATION OF POWER ACCORD- Kultida Samabuddhi -Bangkok Post, 5 June 2003.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Salween Watch
Format/size: html (187K)
Date of entry/update: 11 September 2003


Title: Salween Watch Update Vol. 13
Date of publication: February 2003
Description/subject: 1. SALWEEN WATCH EDITORIAL: A BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE PAST 18 MONTHS; 2. EGAT TO TAKE PART IN SALWEEN DAM PROJECT; 3. MDX PLANS DAM ON SALWEEN; 4. 69 GROUPS OPPOSE SALWEEN DAM PROJECT; 5. DON'T STALL ON PRIVATISATION, EGAT TOLD; 6. SENATE PANEL WANTS DAM PLANS SCRAPPED; 7. EGAT BOARD RESIGNS EN MASS, AVOIDS CONTENTIOUS DECISION; ; 8. FUNDS SOUGHT FOR SALWEEN POWER PLANT; 9. FEASIBILITY STUDY INTO PLAN FOR DAM ON BURMESE BORDER; 10. BORDER REMAINS CLOSED AFTER RANGOON CHANGES MIND; 11. GOVT `PLAYS A ROLE IN ETHNIC CLEANSING; 12. THAIS WARY OF LATEST BURMESE BLITZKRIEG; 13. BURMA LOOKS ABROAD TO AVERT FOCUS AT HOME; 14. THREE-FOLD ERADICATION DEAL; 15. RESIDENTS ADVISED TO MOVE; 16. SENATE WANTS PROJECT NIXED.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Salween Watch
Format/size: html (174K)
Date of entry/update: 24 May 2003


Title: SALWEEN WATCH UPDATE Vol. 12.
Date of publication: June 2001
Description/subject: 1. EDITORIAL COMMENT; 2. DOZENS FEARED KILLED IN MYANMAR FLASH FLOODS; 3. FLASH FLOOD DERAILS MANDALAY-MYITKYINA TRAIN, DEAD, INJURED UNKNOWN;; 4. DAM COLLAPSED, CAUSED BY HEAVY RAIN AND FLOOD; 5. MORE INPUTS ARE NEEDED TO POWER A HYDRO FUTURE; 6. FIX ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE, OFFICIAL TELLS CONFERENCE ; 7. CREATING A STIR WITH 3 BILLION YEN-- AID TO BURMA. Japan sunshine policy to promote talks: US/EU due to human rights concerns, ill-timed; 8. FOREIGN MINISTER TANAKA IS CAUTIOUS ON BALUCHAUNG REPAIR; 9. JAPAN WILL GIVE $24 MILLION AID TO MYANMAR. THE INQUIRY MISSION WILL BE SENT IN MAY; 10. CONTROVERSIAL MON STATE DAM FINALLY COMMISSIONED.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Salween Watch
Format/size: html (129K)
Date of entry/update: 24 May 2003


Title: SALWEEN WATCH UPDATE Vol. 11
Date of publication: May 2001
Description/subject: Contents: 1. JAPAN REWARDS BURMA FOR POLITICAL OPENING : Aid Linked to Junta's Talks With Opposition; 2. JAPAN DEFENDS DAM-AID OFFER TO RANGOON; 3. MYANMAR EXILES CALLS JAPAN AID "MORE HARM THAN GOOD"; 4. $29M GRANT HINTS JAPAN READY TO TAKE LEAD ROLE; 5. BUSH URGED TO MAINTAIN SANCTIONS; 6. INTERVIEW WITH SENIOR OFFICER OF THE KARENNI ARMY ON THE SUBJECT OF JAPANESE PLANS TO GRANT FUNDS TO THE SPDC TO REPAIR THE BALUCHAUNG II POWER PLANT; 7. INTERVIEW WITH A KARENNI WOMAN DISPLACED FROM THE BALUCHAUNG HYDROPOWER PLANT AREA; 8. DAM MISINFORMATION AND THE PARADIGM SHIFT; 9. A REGION AT RISK: MEKONG'S FUTURE MUDDY. [though this issue is marked as June 2001, I have dated is as May, since it contains no articles for June, and there is another June issue - DA]
Language: English
Source/publisher: Salween Watch
Format/size: html (142K)
Date of entry/update: 24 May 2003


Title: SALWEEN WATCH UPDATE Vol. 10
Date of publication: April 2001
Description/subject: 1. JAPAN MAY PROVIDE AID TO MYANMAR; 2. US$17 M DEBT RELIEF IN JAPANESE GOVT GRANT; 3. LETTER OF CONCERN TO THE JAPANESE FOREIGN MINISTER REGARDING RESUMPTION OF AID TO THE BALUCHAUNG HYDROPOWER PLANT; 4. STATEMENT OF KARENNI EVERGREEN REGARDING THE PROPOSED JAPANESE GOVERNMENT GRANT OF 3.5 BILLION YEN TO THE SPDC FOR THE REPAIR OF LAWPITA HYDROELECTRIC POWER STATION NO-(2) IN KARENNI; 5. INSIDE SOURCES – LEAKS FROM THE CORPORATE STRUCTURE; 6. SALWEEN PROJECT DUSTED OFF; 7. CHAVALIT PROPOSES TO HELP DEVELOP BURMA: “Feeling comes from 'bottom of my heart'; 8. CHINESE PLANNING TO DIVERT WATER TO THE NORTHWEST PART OF CHINA FROM UPPER SALWEEN, UPPER MEKONG AND UPPER BRAMAPUTRA?; 9. PLANT FUELS POLLUTION CONCERNS; 10. SHANS TAKE PART IN THE ANTI-POWER PLANT PROTEST; 11. STOP FIRES BEFORE THEY TAKE HOLD. Commentary on the Politics of the Tachilek Power Plant and the Environment; 12. DAM CREATES BANGLADESH, MYANMAR TENSION; 13. KAREN REBELS BOAST OF MARCH 5 CONQUEST: DAM HEAD TAKEN, THREE DEAD IN RAID; 14. SINO-THAI POWER SHARING DEAL STRUCK.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Salween Watch
Format/size: html (114K)
Date of entry/update: 24 May 2003


Title: SALWEEN WATCH UPDATE Vol. 9
Date of publication: January 2001
Description/subject: 1. “STOP JAPANESE INVOLVEMENT IN THE TASANG DAM PROJECT”; 2. TASANG DAM PROJECT IN BURMA (Myanmar) Project Overview; 3. APPEAL FOR ELECTRIC POWER DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LTD.’S WITHDRAWAL FROM TASANG HYDROELECTRIC POWER GENERATION PROJECT (SHAN STATE, BURMA); 4. “REGIONAL COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT FOR THE SALWEEN RIVER”; “JAPAN’S “BURMA LOVERS” AND THE MILITARY REGIME”.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Salween Watch
Format/size: html (173K)
Date of entry/update: 24 May 2003


Title: SALWEEN WATCH UPDATE Vol. 8
Date of publication: October 2000
Description/subject: 1. CONTROVERSY DOGS BURMA’S SALWEEN DAM; 2. ARMY WIPING OUT POPULATION IN THE FLOOD AREA OF THE DAM PROJECT, SAY VILLAGERS; 3. WAS APPLYING FOR LOGGING CONCESSION IN THE SALWEEN DAM AREA; 4. CHINA EXIMBANK HELPS FUND MYANMAR POWER STATION; 5. JAPAN AND PLANS FOR THE TASANG DAM ON BURMA’S SALWEEN RIVER; 6. IRRIGATION DAM CAUSES DISPOSSESSION OF MONS; 7. PAK MOOL COST MORE THAN IT'S WORTH.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Salween Watch
Format/size: html (131K)
Date of entry/update: 24 May 2003


Title: SALWEEN WATCH UPDATE Vol. 7
Date of publication: July 2000
Description/subject: 1. From Scorched Earth to Flooded Earth: The Generals' Dam on Burma's Salween River; 2. REFUGEES REVEAL FURTHER DETAILS OF KUNHING KILLINGS; 3. JAPAN MAY DEFY BANS TO RESUME MYANMAR AID; 4. BIG QUAKE SHAKES NORTHERN MYANMAR; 5. PAK MUN DECLARATION; 6. A JAPANESE DAM FOR BURMA’S GENERALS: THE TA SANG DAM, FORCED LABOR AND THE JAPAN CONNECTION.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Salween Watch
Format/size: html (159K)
Date of entry/update: 24 May 2003


Title: SALWEEN WATCH UPDATE Vol. 6
Date of publication: 01 May 2000
Description/subject: 1. SHAN: Japan to Channel Funds Through China; 2. SHAN: Shan State Army - "Negotiations Have Not Begun; 3. KHRG: Interview with "Sai Harn"; 4. LE MONDE DIPLOMATIQUE: Thailand Taps Burma's Rivers; 5. SHRF: Reports of Massacres. 6. AP: UN Labor Agency Sends Burma Into Deeper Isolation 7. PROBE INTERNATIONAL: Peddling Yesterday's Technology 8. THE NATION: Chuan Shows Tact on Diplomacy 9. MTBR: Intense Focus on Developing Sustainable Primary Industry
Language: English
Source/publisher: Salween Watch
Format/size: html (183K)
Date of entry/update: 24 May 2003


Title: SALWEEN WATCH HOTMAILOUT Vol. 5
Date of publication: 24 March 2000
Description/subject: (1) TERRA: A Dam For Burma's Generals; (2) PANYA CONSULTANTS: Hydropower Potential And Water Diversion Form The Salween Basin; (3) SHAN: The Salween Dam Mineral Survey Continues; (4) SHAN: Wa's Applying for Logging Concession In The Salween Dam Area; (5) THE NATION: GMS Power to Kick-Start Laos Dam Project; (6) IRN DAY OF ACTION - MARCH 14.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Salween Watch
Format/size: html (190K)
Date of entry/update: 24 May 2003


Title: SALWEEN WATCH HOTMAILOUT Vol. 4
Date of publication: December 1999
Description/subject: 1. SALWEEN DAM FACT SHEET; 2. WHAT'S THE DEAL HERE? - Some arguments to show that the dams and elated infra-structure projects between Thailand and Burma are not illusions; 3. Final Studies For Salween Dam Begun; 4. Alert issued over Salween dam decision; 5. YEYWA, BILIN AND THAUKYEGAT DAM FEASIBILITY STUDIES PRESENTED; 6. SHAN PEOPLE DON'T WANT THE SALWEEN DAM: SHAN VILLAGERS; 7. Statement of the Karen Youth Organisation on the 5 plans to build dams on the Salween River Karen Youth Organisation; Central Executive Committee;; 8. RADIO MESSAGE FROM SSA SOUTH ON THE DAM PROJECT; 9. MEETING POSITION ON THE PLANS BY THE BURMESE MILITARY REGIME TO BUILD A DAM ON THE SALWEEN RIVER IN SHAN STATE; 10. BURMA HINTS AT WORLD BANK TIES; 11. JAPANESE BUSINESS INTEREST IN BURMA; 12. JAPAN OFFERS TO HELP REFORM MYANMAR ECONOMY, SPECIAL MISSION COMING; 13. OBUCHI WILL TALK TO MYANMAR LEADER BurmaNet; 14. ANALYSIS-JAPAN'S MYANMAR MOVES REFLECT CHINA WORRY; 15. Earthquake Hits China's Southwest; 16. WHAT YOU MAY BE ABLE TO DO ABOUT THE SALWEEN DAM PLANS: Salween Watch suggestions and requests; 17. SENIOR LEADER MAUNG AYE STRESSES SELF-SUFFICIENCY.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Salween Watch
Format/size: html (228K)
Date of entry/update: 24 May 2003


Title: SALWEEN WATCH HOTMAIL-OUT Issue # 3
Date of publication: November 1999
Description/subject: 1. STATUS OF THE SALWEEN (THANLWIN) DAM PLANS; 2. STATUS OF THE HYDRO POWER PROJECTS TO BE IMPLEMENTED FOR POWER EXPORT TO THAILAND; 3. Open letter regarding the "Workshop on Transboundary Waters: The Salween Basin" to be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, September 13-16, 1999; 4. BACKGROUND TO SALWEEN WATCH OPEN LETTER; 5. POSITION OF KNU REGARDING PROJECTS FOR BUILDING DAMS ON SALWEEN; 6. MEETING WITH DAM BUILDERS; 7. "Thanlwin Basin Hydropower Development Study in Myanmar and Thailand including Transmission Interconnection between the two countries": SUBREGIONAL ENERGY SECTOR STUDY FOR ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK - Draft Report, June 1994; Norconsult International; 8. Letter Regarding EPDC From Japanese NGO; 9. POWER BILL HIKE; 10. The World Water Vision (of the World Bank, UNU, FAO, etc.); 11. Junta Fortifying the Salween Dam Site.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Salween Watch
Format/size: html (296K)
Date of entry/update: 24 May 2003


Title: SALWEEN WATCH HOTMAIL OUT Vol. 2
Date of publication: 17 May 1999
Description/subject: 1. First Phase Of Salween Dam Survey Completed; 2. Plans to build the Salween Dam at Ta Sang in Southern Shan State; 3. JICA Interview Relating to the Kok-Ing-Nan Water Diversion Project; 4. Minutes of Meeting with JICA on Kok-Ing-Nan; 5. International Committee on Dams, Rivers and People WCD UPDATE No. 2, May 1999; 6. First round of Salween Dam survey completed; 7. Northern Thai Hill People's Demonstrate for Rights to Citizenship, and use of Traditional Lands and Resources.
Language: English
Source/publisher: Salween Watch
Format/size: html (163K)
Date of entry/update: 24 May 2003


Title: BACKGROUND DOCUMENTS RELATING TO THE SALWEEN MEGADAM
Date of publication: 24 February 1999
Description/subject: 1. SALWEEN ACTION ALERT; 2. OVERVIEW OF THE SALWEEN DAM PLANS, 7th February 1999; 3. EMAIL NOTE: From an anonymous Shan source, 13 January ; 4. UPDATE ON THE SALWEEN DAM PROJECT IN SHAN STATE; 5. 3D VISION: THE SALWEEN UNDER ATTACK AGAIN; 6. FREE BURMA COALITION TO LAUNCH A CAMPAIGN IN PROTEST OF JAPAN'S RESUMPTION OF ODA TO BURMA;
Language: English
Source/publisher: Salween Watch
Format/size: html (246K)
Date of entry/update: 24 May 2003