Environmental and Social Impacts of Lancang Dams

TitleEnvironmental and Social Impacts of Lancang Dams
Annotated RecordNot Annotated
Year of Publication2014
Secondary TitleInternational Rivers (IR)
Place PublishedBerkeley
Key themesEcology and Livelihoods, Hydropower, Impact Assessment

Despite the completion of lower cascade of six hydropower dams on the Lancang River (Upper Mekong) in 2014, little is known about the environmental impacts of the Lancang Dams. To better understand the environmental impacts, over the past two and a half years, International Rivers has travelled the length of the Lancang River in China, reviewed Chinese and English research literature on the Lancang dams and collected hydrological data from Lower Mekong countries. This research brief examining the impacts of the Lancangi dam cascade on hydrology, fisheries and sedimentation.


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