Tibet is the source of most of Asia’s great rivers, and there are an estimated 1.4 billion people who depend upon them across 11 downstream nations.
China is building dams on a grand scale, with current plans to intensify hydropower dams on all major Tibetan rivers, which will have striking implications across Asia, as well as significant risks for such a fragile and significant high-altitude plateau.
Call on India, Pakistan, Cambodia, Laos, Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam to join together to Stop China Damming in Tibet!
To Ministers of Foreign Affairs for Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand and Vietnam;
I urge you to act now to secure your future water supplies, by joining together with your counterparts in other nations downstream of the Tibetan plateau, and bring China to the negotiating table to sign appropriate regional and international water-sharing agreements.
I further urge you to push for a moratorium on the building of large dams on the Tibetan Plateau, and - in partnership with other downstream nations - to support an independent, international scientific assessment of the changes in the Tibetan plateau’s water resources.