08 Oct '11, 8am

Success! Myanmar has stopped construction of controversial dam! | Care2 Causes

Success! Myanmar has stopped construction of controversial dam! | Care2 Causes

On Friday, following increasing popular agitation, the president halted work on a $3.6 billion hydroelectric dam being built by China on the Irrawaddy River to send power to Chinese provinces next door. This was a victory for Myanmar’s nascent environmental movement and the area’s minority Kachin people. That the president would stop a Chinese-backed project of this magnitude was the clearest sign yet that the country was at a turning point. Success! Thanks in part to 24,731 Care2 members who signed the petition and expressed concern about this dam, the Mynamar government has stopped moving forward with construction plans! When the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) was made for the $3.6 million Myitsone Hydroelectric Project back in 2009, the findings were astonishing . The dam was estimated to have major environmental, social and economic impacts on the surrounding comm...

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