It is disturbing to see that certain developing countries are rushing to copy South Korea’s environmentally damaging Four Rivers project:-
K-water to share experience abroad
By Lee Hyo-sik Korea Times August 2012
The state-run Korea Water Resources Corp. (K-Water), which successfully completed an ambitious restoration project of the country’s four major rivers from 2010 to 2011, is now seeking to share its water management know-how with Thailand, China and Morocco. The company has formed a consortium with six construction firms, including Hyundai and GS, to win an $11 billion contract from Thailand for refurbishing the latter’s 25 river systems. It also wants to become a consultant for Morocco to help it more effectively manage its scarce water resources, while advising China’s Yinchuan City, an agricultural hub which often suffers flooding as a result of the overflowing Yellow River, on how to design and build various flood prevention infrastructures.
Will these nations conduct environmental impact assessment surveys before undertaking such projects?
Is there even any credible independent monitoring of the effects of the korean four rivers project to reference, before they agree to such massive and expensive projects?