Chinese dam builders and financiers are eager proponents of the country’s economic “going out” (出去走) strategy. In the last 10 years, they have taken on many projects particularly in Africa and Southeast Asia, and have come to dominate the global hydropower sector. Civil society organizations are concerned about the social and environmental impacts of Chinese overseas dam projects, and have made efforts for environmental reforms in the sector. Progress has been made, but problems remain.
The hydropower sector exemplifies the debate about the social and environmental footprint of Chinese overseas investments. At this event, three leading international civil society representatives will present their efforts to address this footprint.
DATE: Wednesday, April 20 2011
VENUE: Royal Norwegian Embassy – 1, Dong Yi Jie, Sanlitun 100600 Beijing (enter from 3rd ring road South direction) – 挪威使馆，朝阳区三里屯东一街1号 Tel: +86 10 8531 9600
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ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
Ikal Angelei is the founder and director of Friends of Lake Turkana (www.friendsoflaketurkana.org) in Kenya. A project-affected person herself, she coordinates the international campaign to stop the Gibe III Dam on the Omo Valley in Ethiopia. If built, the project will have devastating impacts on the ecosystems and indigenous peoples of the Lower Omo Valley and Lake Turkana. While international financiers have stayed away, ICBC is funding an equipment contract for the Gibe III Dam. Ikal Angelei will present the campaign to stop ICBC from funding the project.
Johan Frijns is the coordinator of BankTrack (www.banktrack.org), a global civil society network tracking the banking sector and its impacts on people and the planet. He will introduce the efforts of BankTrack members to green China’s banking sector, and how Chinese banks have so far responded to this call for reform.
Peter Bosshard is the policy director of International Rivers (www.internationalrivers.org). Since 2006, he has directed a program to encourage environmental reforms at China’s overseas dam builders and financiers. He will take stock of the progress that has been achieved so far and will map out an agenda for further action.
For background on the topic of the event, see Peter Bosshard, China Dams the World, in: World Policy Journal, Winter 2009/10, pp. 43-51, http://bit.ly/fP9yvW.