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Farmers' photos reveal impact of dams and deforestation

Update: July, 25/2014 - 09:41
Eighty-six photos taken by farmers in areas affected by hydro-electricity power dams were on display in Tu Tuong park yesterday to raise awareness on the need for environmental protection.— VNS Photo Phuoc Buu

THUA THIEN - HUE (VNS) — Eighty-six photos taken by farmers in areas affected by hydro-electricity power dams were on display in Tu Tuong park yesterday to raise awareness on the need for environmental protection.

The photos feature nine communities in three central provinces of Quang Nam, Thua Thien – Hue and Quang Binh, where the Vu Gia, Huong, and Long Dai river basins have been affected by the impacts of dams and deforestation.

"The photos reflect changes in the water volume of the basins at a time they drive the power dams," said Lam Thi Thu Suu, director of Hue-based Centre for Social Research and Development.

During the exhibition held yesterday, folksongs and plays were performed, conveying the communities' wishes for rivers unaffected by the changes.

On May 15, German foundation Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, which funded the exhibition, lent cameras to the communities to take photos.

The communities include Dai Hong and Dai Loc communes in Quang Nam, A Luoi and Ben Van communes in Thua Thien - Hue, and Lam Thuy and Truong Xuan communes in Quang Binh. — VNS

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