Feb. 21, 2024

River Decade Project

The social and environmental implications of pollution, scarcity, and river manipulation are demanding increased attention. This is especially true given China's 'great leap forward' in dam building.

In 2006 Green Earth Volunteers launched the “River Decade Project,” a ten-year-long investigation of six great rivers in China: the Min, Dadu, Yalong, Jinsha, Lancang (upper Mekong) and Nu rivers. These rivers are all located in Southwest China.
The mission of the River Decade Project is to study and oversee hydropower development on these six rivers over a ten-year period.

Each year since 2006 a group of journalists has travelled to this area and conducted investigations with local people, migrants, and experts. We hope that through these trips we can inform the public about policy decisions, promote the right to participate in policy-making and encourage information disclosure.

For a summary of the River Decade project trip 2009 see here

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