The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository
Warning ePrints Soton is experiencing an issue with some file downloads not being available. We are working hard to fix this. Please bear with us.

Chinese overseas hydropower dams and social sustainability: the Bui Dam in Ghana and the Kamchay Dam in Cambodia

Chinese overseas hydropower dams and social sustainability: the Bui Dam in Ghana and the Kamchay Dam in Cambodia
Chinese overseas hydropower dams and social sustainability: the Bui Dam in Ghana and the Kamchay Dam in Cambodia
There is a shortage of empirical studies on the relationship between Chinese hydropower dams and social sustainability. Comparative research on Chinese-funded and Chinese-built hydropower projects is rare. This article aims to fill parts of this gap by discussing these issues in relation to Chinese overseas hydropower dams in Ghana (Bui Dam) and Cambodia (Kamchay Dam). Both projects are built by Sinohydro and financed by ExIm Bank. This article draws on in-depths interviews and focus group discussions with local communities affected by the dams, institutional actors in Ghana and Cambodia, Chinese actors, and dam builders. The article uses an environmental justice perspective as an analytical framework. The article concludes that the dam projects could improve their social sustainability framework in practice and theory; social benchmarking should be introduced and social policies need to be improved to be in line with international social standards on hydropower projects.
social sustainability, hydropower, china, Ghana, cambodia
573-589
Urban, Frauke
26206e27-cfa8-4efb-97cb-d06f22d8ed5f
Nordensvard, Johan
44e3b534-aa45-4124-9680-35e8fb6f2e98
Siciliano, Giuseppina
f7c7e3c0-606b-4f56-ad27-c61db1f020ef
Li, Bingqin
0edc8fcc-455d-4c25-9794-d8a74b971986
Urban, Frauke
26206e27-cfa8-4efb-97cb-d06f22d8ed5f
Nordensvard, Johan
44e3b534-aa45-4124-9680-35e8fb6f2e98
Siciliano, Giuseppina
f7c7e3c0-606b-4f56-ad27-c61db1f020ef
Li, Bingqin
0edc8fcc-455d-4c25-9794-d8a74b971986

Urban, Frauke, Nordensvard, Johan, Siciliano, Giuseppina and Li, Bingqin (2015) Chinese overseas hydropower dams and social sustainability: the Bui Dam in Ghana and the Kamchay Dam in Cambodia. Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, 2 (3), 573-589. (doi:10.1002/app5.103).

Record type: Article

Abstract

There is a shortage of empirical studies on the relationship between Chinese hydropower dams and social sustainability. Comparative research on Chinese-funded and Chinese-built hydropower projects is rare. This article aims to fill parts of this gap by discussing these issues in relation to Chinese overseas hydropower dams in Ghana (Bui Dam) and Cambodia (Kamchay Dam). Both projects are built by Sinohydro and financed by ExIm Bank. This article draws on in-depths interviews and focus group discussions with local communities affected by the dams, institutional actors in Ghana and Cambodia, Chinese actors, and dam builders. The article uses an environmental justice perspective as an analytical framework. The article concludes that the dam projects could improve their social sustainability framework in practice and theory; social benchmarking should be introduced and social policies need to be improved to be in line with international social standards on hydropower projects.

Text
epdf - Version of Record
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.
Download (4kB)

More information

e-pub ahead of print date: 9 September 2015
Published date: September 2015
Keywords: social sustainability, hydropower, china, Ghana, cambodia
Organisations: Social Sciences

Identifiers

Local EPrints ID: 382496
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/382496
PURE UUID: 5aba883c-db01-4716-b825-f3285504ffea

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 06 Oct 2015 11:10
Last modified: 20 Nov 2021 22:26

Export record

Altmetrics

Contributors

Author: Frauke Urban
Author: Johan Nordensvard
Author: Giuseppina Siciliano
Author: Bingqin Li

Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton: eprints@soton.ac.uk

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/cgi/oai2

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.

×