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Case Study: The Three Gorges Dam

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The 3 Gorges Dam project - China

  • This is an example of a large scale development project designed to:
  • Create more jobs
  •  Allow large ships to navigate the river and reach Chungong Create thousands of jobs Develop new towns and farms
  • Provide 10% of China’s electricity through HEP Increase tourism along the river
  • Protect precious farmland from flooding
  • However it also has a number of disadvantages:
  • Over 150 towns and 4500 thousand villages will be flooded displacing people from their homes
  • 1.3 million people will be forced to move
  • The river landscape will be forever changed
  •  The lake which will be created could become very polluted from industrial waste

This video showcases the Chinese Three Gorges Dam Project

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