Megadams and Water Diversion
  • Tibet 3rd Pole - Dams

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The Tibetan Plateau is home to the largest store of fresh water outside the Arctic and Antarctic, and is on the frontline of global climate change.

If you look at a map of Asia you can soon realize how Tibet is vital for billions of people across Asia. A staggering proportion of the earth’s population lives downstream of Tibet and have a stake in the rapid changes taking place on the ‘roof of the world’.

A large scale project by China is underway to build a vast number of large hydroelectric dams and water diversion projects. Not only do these projects put the water security of over 1.4 billion people but they compound effects of global climate change, which is a growing concern for the region and the rest of the world.

Read more about water and megadams in part 1 of Australia Tibet Council’s new report.

“Changes to climate, glaciers and snow cover in the high mountains of Asia are of vital importance for water supplies to a fifth of the world’s population.”
Professor Hayley Fowler - Professor of Climate Change Impacts, Newcastle University

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