New Report: Resettlement in Action
- Download the report in English and Chinese
- Photos of Danjiangkou dam and reservoir
- Read the Press Release
Some of the main findings of the report include:
- The levels of compensation and post-resettlement support have been significantly increased, and resettlement policies are more detailed than in the past.
- Resettlers are no longer moved out of their home provinces.
- The authorities have so far relied on persuasion rather than force to implement the relocation project. They have also instituted a certain degree of participation in project implementation through the involvement of elected resettlement committees.
- Affected people have no freedom to choose among different resettlement options.
- The resettlement budget is relatively low, which may cause problems particularly in the post-resettlement phase.
- Resettlement within the reservoir area will increase population density, fuel social tensions, and add pressure on ecosystems which are already under stress.
The report recommends that the participation of affected people in the project be improved, and that government support, particularly for the period after resettlement, be strengthened. The report also urges the Chinese authorities to take the ecological limits of the region into account as they implement the water transfer project.
Footage taken at the construction site:
"Mixed Grade for Water Diversion Relocation," WSJ Blog China Real Time Report