Lawmakers break the law Experts call for an urgent halt to hydropower development in the lower Yarlung Tsangpo River

After this year’s National Congress of the Communist Party of China, Xinhua News Agency released the “Outline of the 14th Five-Year Plan and 2035 Vision”, which officially included the downstream hydropower development project of the Yarlung Tsangpo River, the highest river in the world and the steepest river in China in terms of slope drop. . In response, Dr. Wang Weiluo, a renowned expert in hydropower engineering living in Germany, wrote an article pointing out that the development of hydropower in the lower Yarlung Zangbo River is an illegal project.

Wang said in an interview with our reporter that the development of hydropower in the lower reaches of the Yarlung-Tibet River was included in the 14th Five-Year Plan adopted by the National People’s Congress in Chapter 14, “Accelerating the cultivation of a complete domestic demand system”. The second section of the “broaden investment space”, indicating that it has been included in specific projects. Some domestic hydropower engineers have noticed the 11 words “implement hydropower projects at big bends”, so from the Chinese planning and decision-making process, it is expected to start during this five-year period, and many preliminary projects should have already started. However, according to the Chinese Communist Party law, “it is forbidden to build any project in the nature reserve”. The “Great Bend” of the Yarlung Tsangpo River has long been listed as a “national nature reserve” and is one of the largest “nature reserves” in China. This shows that the Chinese government, as the law maker and law enforcer, is knowingly doing something illegal.

[Recording]: In this regard, the article goes to great lengths to cite many scholars and the Chinese Academy of Sciences as to why the “Great Bend” area should be considered a national “nature reserve” in China. We can say that from the “Great Bend” area, it is from the altitude of more than 100 meters to more than 5000 meters above sea level, including nine climate zones, the sequence of plants and animals, which is unprecedented in the world, no other region in the world has so many climate zones. Then the main function of this nature reserve is to protect the biological resources of the earth, that is, the species resources. At the “Great Bend” of the Yarlung Tsangpo River, it is the richest in the world in terms of species resources. It has both tropical and boreal species; then its scenery is also the best, its canyon is the deepest, the longest, these landscape aspects are also the best. So the Chinese Academy of Sciences at that Time in the report to the State Council, scientists put forward this basis, and these grounds are against the establishment of hydroelectric power station in the “big bend” area.

Wang Weiluo said that Chinese scientists have spent a lot of time and effort to examine the “Great Bend” area of the Yarlung Tsangpo River, once destroyed will be very unfortunate. Regardless of how India will react to this hydropower development, what international crisis it will cause, and how great the risk of war is, just in terms of the protection of “nature reserves”, protecting the country’s “biodiversity” and natural landscape, this goal is much higher than hydropower development. is much higher than hydropower development. It is the Chinese government that makes laws, enforces them and violates them. If the Chinese government were to act in accordance with the “rule of law”, the easiest way would be to cancel the project. Then they could justifiably say that according to the law, construction is not allowed in the “nature reserve”, and the project would be cancelled as a matter of course.

Wang Weiluo called for an immediate halt to the project, an immediate halt! He said the Chinese government is now faced with three options: first, to amend the law to acknowledge that the previous law was not perfect; second, to remove the “Great Bend” of the Yarlung Tsangpo River from the “National Nature Reserve”; and third, to immediately cancel the project.

The third is to immediately cancel the development project. I have given it three ways: amend the law! Remove this article from the law, remove the article ‘no construction in the nature reserve’, that’s fine! You can also remove the Yarlung Tsangpo River “Great Bend” from the national nature reserve, right? It’s a simple matter, and it’s within your power, isn’t it? You have a lot of power, the power to make laws in China is in your hands, the power to enforce the law is in your hands, you have the say, all three are your choice. Then I think, from my own point of view, this place is worth protecting, it is not worth developing such a project here, because you are the one who makes the law, right? You are also the one who enforces the law, right? But this illegal thing is also you, you have three possibilities, three possibilities in the Chinese government to do all possible, but I think the simplest way is to cancel this project, not to build here. Because you are the one who makes the law, right? You are also the one who enforces the law, right? But this illegal thing is also you!

Wang Weiluo lamented that in terms of quantity, China already has one of the largest areas of nature reserves in the world. However, China is the most damaged country in the world in terms of ecological environment, the most damaged country in terms of biodiversity.

We have already lost many valuable protected areas, such as the Three Gorges area of the Yangtze River and the Han River Basin, which is the center of Chinese Taoism. But we can’t lose more, we can’t be accountable to our future generations, you can’t say to future generations, you can’t say to future generations, when they ask you, how come this thing is gone? You can’t say, “Look at that video, it’s from the past, we don’t have it anymore, right? So the goal of nature conservation is to protect our biodiversity and our natural landscape, which is higher than your hydropower development.

Wang also revealed that the construction of a hydropower project in the Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon with an installed capacity three times that of the Three Gorges Project violates the Regulations of the People’s Republic of China on Nature Reserves. He is dissatisfied that while the Chinese Communist authorities are crying out for the rule of law, the government is blatantly taking the lead in doing things that are illegal.