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A statement by the Committee for Shan State Unity (CSSU) has criticised Burmese Government plans to dam the Salween river, questioning the economic benefits of various projects and raising concerns over their environmental impact and effect on the ongoing conflict situation in Shan and Kachin States.

According to the community based organisation Salween Watch, six hydropower projects are being developed on the Salween: 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),..{ Read more.......}


Over 100 civil society representatives from across Mon State participated in a two-day land policy workshop in the state capital of Moulmein.

The attendees formed a new 15-member acting committee that will draft an updated land policy for Mon State, in the hope that it will influence future federal law..{ Read more....}


With the future of the controversial Myitsone dam project apparently still in doubt following Foreign Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to China, local residents in Shan State are making their position on similar projects clear.
About 80 farmers from four townships demonstrated on August 21, calling on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in her capacity as state counsellor to block the proposed Nao Pha dam on the Thanlwin (Salween) River. The protest took place at Kaung Cho village, Kon Kauk village tract, in Theinni township, Shan State..{ Read more....}


Shan civic groups held a press conference in Bangkok today, claiming that the Burmese government, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, is working secretly in support of dam construction on the Salween River, despite knowing that the mega-project will greatly affect many people.Speaking at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT) in the Thai capital, Sai Khur Hseng of the Shan Sapawa Environmental Organization and spokesperson for this morning’s joint-statement, said that the new Burmese government has tried to implement the hydropower projects without caring about the suffering of ordinary people..{ Read more.....}

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