We need to talk about the Brahmaputra

The operational commissioning of the Zam Hydropower Station earlier this month on the Yarlung Zangbo river, also known as the Zangmu Hydropower Project, located in Gyaca county of the Shannan prefecture in China, and considered to be Tibet’s largest such facility, has...

The Improbability of a Water War in South Asia

Water wars in South Asia are unlikely due to well-etched treaties and economic compulsions If there is ever to be a Third World War, many believe it will be fought over water, with South Asia serving as the flashpoint. The region houses a quarter of the world’s...

MoEF gives forest nod to controversial hydro projects in Arunachal

An expert panel of the environment ministry has recommended forest clearance for three crucial hydro projects located in the Siang river basin, Arunachal Pradesh, that will collectively denude 200 hectares of biodiversity rich forests. The three projects – Pauk, Heo...

Downstream concerns on the Brahmaputra

As China’s largest hydroelectric dam on the Brahmaputra, or Yarlung Tsangpo, became fully operational this month, it has once again evoked concerns in India. The $1.5 billion Zangmu hydroelectric dam has stoked a virtual paranoia over China’s resource choices and...