The Salween River Basin: Dam Cascades Threaten Biological and Cultural Diversity
F rom its headwaters in the Tibetan Plateau to its estuary in Burma, the Salween River supports over ten million people. For many decades, it was the longest free-flowing river in Southeast Asia. It sustains rich fisheries and farmlands central to the lives of many indigenous communities living along its banks. However, large dam cascades in China and Burma are being planned in complete secrecy, with no participation from affected communities and no analysis of the cumulative impacts or seismic risks of these projects. [IRN Fact Sheet]. URL:[http://www.internationalrivers.org/files/attached-files/ir_salween_factsheet2012_web_0.pdf].
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