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  • As China’s energy needs escalate, more and more dams are being planned for hydropower.
  • Non-sustainable development in China has deteriorated the health of the Yangtze River, threatening the health and safety of the people dependent on the river . . .
  • . . . and extraordinary species like the Yangtze river dolphin now thought extinct.
  • Even some of the most commonly consumed species in China, like the four Chinese carp species, have shown declines of up to 90% in some reaches of the Yangtze.
  • These four carp species have been a major food staple for people in China for nearly 2000 years and supply the main source of protein for tens of millions of Chinese people.
  • As one of the world’s leading freshwater conservation organizations, the Conservancy is working with the Chinese government and major hydropower companies to improve practices on the Yangtze River.
  • In an effort to restore populations of these economically important fish, we are working with partners on a project to tag,
  • measure,
  • release,
  • and monitor these fish to better understand their behavior and the effectiveness of the fish release efforts.
  • As a part of this effort, the Conservancy is also working with the Three Gorges Dam to release excess water to mimic seasonal flood waters that trigger breeding in these carp species.
  • These efforts have made a positive impact on the health of the river and of depleted fish populations,
  • and has contributed to the goal of balancing the need for hydroelectric power with the need for other services a healthy river provides to people and nature.
Sustaining the Yangtze River

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