Chinese dam-builders say resumption of the Irrawaddy seven-dam project will bring electricity, revenue, jobs and tourists to the region while a local NGO claims it will destroy the environment and livelihoods, and further fuel the conflict in Kachin State.
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Hundreds of activists set off from Rangoon by foot on a march to Myitsone, the source of the Irrawaddy River, to call for the complete shutdown of a China-backed hydroelectric mega-dam project at the site.
Up to 1,000 families relocated for dam return to village, but questions remain about whether work has been stopped at Kachin site
In tandem with political reforms in Burma, donors that for years have supported one of the few long-stay refuges for landmine victims in Thailand are beginning to channel their money elsewhere
While the Myitsone dam suspension may have marked a watershed in business accountability, Burma is not yet in a position to drop its reliance on China
China media reports on ‘positive’ talks held between FM and counterparts in Beijing as Burma attempts damage limitation over dam
Legal consequences may result from cancellation of Myitsone Dam owing to the agreements already made by Burmese government
Internal report in 2009 financed by the company behind the controversial Myitsone dam had called for cessation of project