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Fluid Negotiations: Preliminary Analysis of Water Use
for Irrigation and Hydropower along the Min River

Dr. Edwin Schmitt, University of Oslo

Abstract:This lecture will take the Min River in Sichuan as a case for exploring water usage for irrigation and hydropower in the PRC. I will first introduce the ancient irrigation engineering system Dujiangyan and its continued importance to agriculture in Sichuan. I will then discuss the three main periods of hydropower development along the Min River and how negotiations over water resources take place at a reservoir, across the watershed, and beyond the watershed. One goal of the talk is to consider how the wide-reaching negotiations over water resources allows hydropower officials to accumulate social and political power.

Biography: Edwin Schmitt is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Institute of Cultural Studies and Oriental Languages at the University of Oslo. His research has focused on energy development in Sichuan, Yunnan, Hebei and Qinghai as well as environmental consciousness among urban residents of Chengdu.

Time             12:00 – 13:30, Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Fee                Free Admission, HK$40.00 for Lunch

Venue            USC, 8/F, Tin Ka Ping Building, CUHK

Language     English