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Environment and Resettlement Politics in China: The Three
The Three Gorges dam, currently being
constructed on the Yantgze River in China, is controversial both inside and
outside China, particularly because of the large number of people to be
resettled (officially 1.2 million) and the environmental impacts. Using
material previously unavailable in any Western language, this project analyses
the Chinese discussions over policy-making for the resettlement process and
impacts. The analysis concludes that the environment and resettlement policies
have been linked in a new way in the Three Gorges project. However, despite
these positive developments, the study argues that the social impacts from
resettlement have not yet reached a high level of political attention and that
the Chinese authorities need to acknowledge that resettlement has social costs.
This project provides an understanding of the social, political and economic
factors of one of the largest and most controversial development projects
currently being implemented. It also sheds light on China's policy-making
procedures and political priorities over the past decade.
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Researching the Three Gorges Dam'. China Environment Series, Woodrow
Wilson International Center for Scholars, Vol 7, 2005, pp.
Heggelund, Gørild, Environment and Resettlement Politics in
China: The Three Gorges Project. Hampshire (UK), Ashgate, 2004, 296
'The Three Gorges Dam: Taming
the Waters of the Yangtze - Creating Social Instability?'. NIAS nytt
Asia Insights, No 2, 2003, pp. 12-14.
The Decision-making Process for the Three Gorges Project Resettlement in
China. Doctoral thesis, University of Oslo. Oslo, Unipub AS, 2002, 291
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