New report: pristine valley on Kachin-China border under threat from Naypyidaw’s export-oriented dam plans

New report: pristine valley on Kachin-China border under threat from Naypyidaw’s export-oriented dam plans

New report: pristine valley on Kachin-China border under threat from Naypyidaw’s export-oriented dam plans

A new report launched today exposes how the stunningly beautiful, biodiverse Ngo Chang Hka valley — ancestral home to over 4,500 indigenous people on the eastern Kachin State-China border — is under threat from a cascade of four dams, which are among 50 large hydropower projects planned by the Burmese government, mainly for export.

“Saving the Ngo Chang Hka Valley” by the Kachin Development Networking Group (KDNG), details secretive plans by China’s YEIG International Energy Cooperation and Development Corporation to dam the Ngo Chang Hka – a tributary of the N’Mai, one of the headwaters of the Irrawaddy – to produce 1,200 megawatts of electricity. This is part of Burma’s Ministry of Electricity and Energy target to increase national hydropower capacity from about 3,000 to 45,000 megawatts by 2030.

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