Research Articles by Dechen Palmo*

Chinese Forced Water Diversion Project in Amdo  

July 31, 2018

According to a report published on 20 July, 2018 by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD), in Bayen Dzong of Tsoshar, Amdo, Chinese authorities are forcefully implementing a river diversion project of Chakchu (also known as Drampa) river. The predominantly farming communities in Traseng, Dro, Gonpo Gyu, Achok and Adhey villages that are dependent on the river are concerned that such project would cause water scarcity resulting in poor yield and no adequate water supply for their livestock and overall bring negative impacts on the local environment.......Read More

By Dechen Palmo*

A Mining Protest in Driru County

June 4, 2018

Driru in northwest of Kham is currently administered as a county under Nagchu prefecture within the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) controlled Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR). This prefecture is richly endowed with mineral ores, such as gold, silver, copper, antimony, lead, zinc, borax, petroleum, salt etc. These ores found in the region are large in reserve, high in grade, and easy for exploitaton......Read More

By Dechen Palmo*

Artificial Rain on the Tibetan Plateau for More Water in China

May 4, 2018

According to a recent news report published on 22 March, 2018 in South China Morning Post, "China needs more water. So it's building a rain-making network three times the size of Spain," China is testing a weather modification system developed by the state-owned China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.......Read More

By Dechen Palmo*

Monthly Environment Related News Analysis

February 14, 2018

It includes a 750-kilometre tunnel traversing the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, from the river’s Great Bend to Golmud; and a number of tributary tunnels to bring in water from the Parlung Tsangpo; the Nu and the Tongtian Rivers. It claims water will flow naturally towards Golmud, but the altitude at the start of the tunnel is less than 2,000 metres – and Golmud is at 2,700 metres. It is unclear how water will flow uphill.......Read More

By Dechen Palmo*

The Black Brahmaputra: Looking at Possible Causes

December 15, 2017

The issue of Brahmaputra river pollution comes at a time of deteriorating ties between India and China. Following a tense border standoff between the two countries over the Doklam trijunction, there comes a news that China has stopped sharing hydrological data of the Brahmaputra River with India which China agreed to share. Before the situation is settled, the South China Morning Post published a report about the possible diversion of the Brahmaputra to Xinjiang through a 1000 km tunnel.......Read More

By Dechen Palmo*

Brahmaputra River: An Eternal Conflict between India and China

November 2, 2017

China having more than 20% of the world’s population has less than 7% of global freshwater resource at its disposal. Moreover, the available water is unequally distributed, with Tibet having more water than northern China. To relieve the enormous pressure on water resource in China’s north, the leadership in 2003 launched a gigantic South-to-North Water Transfer Project.......Read More

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China’s Ploy in the Riparian Countries

June 23, 2017

Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) is one such river that is causing friction amongst all three recipient countries, especially between India and China. The Zangmu Dam, the largest dam on Yarlung Tsangpo is the cause of serious concern to the downstream countries.......Read More

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China’s damming of the river: A policy in disguise

September 23, 2016

  China’s control over “blue gold” wealth on Tibetan plateau has armed China with tremendous leverage and made them a potential water power in a way Saudi Arabia is an oil power.[1] Moreover, the country which has the largest number of dams in the world with two -third of it located on Tibetan plateau, is... Read more »......Read More

By Dechen Palmo*