Web-links on Tibetan Environment and Development Issues
The Center for Research on Tibet at Case Western Reserve University aims
to conceptualize and conduct research on Tibetan history, society, language, ecology/physiology
and culture so as to understand traditional Tibet and the manner in which it has changed.
Nature Conservancy is a leading international, nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving
the diversity of life on Earth. They have projects in Kham, Tibetan areas where the rivers Zachu,
Machu and Gyalmo Ngulchu flow as "Three Parallel Rivers".
WWF China works in south and eastern Tibet, mainly protecting the ecosystem integrity of River
Yangtze (Drichu) by protecting forest cover and lakes in the watershed area.
A Hong Kong based international business group has a "Go West Resource Center".
"Eco-Montane Consulting" of Daniel Winkler provides a wide range of reports on the environment,
forestry, forest ecosystems, economic trees, medicinal plants & mushrooms and rural development
around Kham area of Tibet (Southwest China and the Himalayas).
Tibet Environmental Watch attempts to bring awareness to the publication TIBET: Enduring Spirit,
Exploited Land, which describes the relationship of Tibetan nomads and farmers with the
environment,and to publish related environmental news on the region.
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International Campaign for Tibet
Tibet Information Network
Tibet Justice Centre (formerly ICLT)
The Tibetan Plateau Project of Earth Island Institute attempts to promote awareness and
conservation of Tibetan medicinal plants and endangered animals, specifically Tibetan Antelope.
Chinese government sites
Reports and Papers on Tibet’s Environment
"The New Largest Canyon in the World - The Great Canyon of Yarlung Tsangpo River" provides
descriptive data and images from the famous Yarlung Tsangpo gorges. The report seems to be related
to groups that lead expeditions in the area.
Plant and fungal diversity of [eastern Tibet, Kham or] western Sichuan and eastern Xizang,
China is a project of Harvard University Herbaria.
Environmental Conditions in Tibet a March 2002 report from U.S. Embassy in Beijing.
Raiding the Treasure House: Oil and Mineral Extraction in China’s Colonization of Tibet published
by the Milarepa Fund and Project Underground documents China’s exploitation of Tibet’s mineral
resources and oil.
"Crossing the Line: China's Railway to Lhasa Tibet" is the most comprehensive report on the political
economy of China’s controversial railway in Tibet, published by the International Campaign for Tibet.
"Deciphering Economic Growth in the Tibet Autonomous Region" by Tibet Information Network unfolds the
political economy of macro economic statistics and lays out the benefactors and losers of China’s
development of Tibet.
"Economic Dimensions of Autonomy and Right to Development in Tibet" by Andrew Fischer, published by
Montreal based International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development.
"Poverty by Design: The Economics of Discrimination in Tibet" by Andrew Fischer, published by Canada
"Policy Implications on Current Dam Projects on Drichu" published by Tibetan Bulletin.
"China's water poclitics on whose interest" published by Tibet Justice Center.
WTO paper Livelihood Lost
"China's western region development strategy and the urgent need to address creeping environmental
problems" by Michael H. Glantz, Qian Ye and Quansheng Ge
Trin-Gyi-Pho-Nya archives news analysis and updates on Tibet’s environment and development since
June 2003. It is an English language journal of Tibetan environmental issues prepared and edited
by exile-Tibetan researchers and published by Tibet Justice Center.
An excellent collection of China’s environmental information, catalogued under helpful categories,
is Human & Nature in Harmony, created by the Institute of Environment and Development (IED),
a Chinese NGO in Beijing.
Himalayan Research Bulletin, published by Geography Department of Portland State University.
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