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, it analyses the Chinese discussions over policy-making for the resettlement process and impacts. It concludes that the environment and resettlement policies have been linked in a new way in this project. However, despite these positive developments, it 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. The book 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.
GArild Merethe Heggelund is a Senior Research Fellow at The Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway
Contents: Introduction; The Three Gorges project: a story of development and modernization; Analytical framework; Resettlement experience in China; The Three Gorges project resettlement policy change: implementation challenges; China's environmental policymaking: trends and developments 1972-2001;The Three Gorges project environmental developments - 1972-2001: linkage between resettlement and environment; China's changing shape of decision-making and the Three Gorges project: interaction between leadership, knowledge and media; Conclusions; Bibliography; Index.