At an executive meeting of the State Council on May 18, China's key policymakers discussed the Three Gorges Follow-up Plan, a wide-reaching group of policies intended to address the adverse effects of the Three Gorges Dam project.
The new policies aim to resolve a wide range of post-dam consequences, including geological changes, environmental pollution, social welfare concerns, changes to irrigation and the water supply, and damage to the region's shipping industry.
Policymakers have deemed the plan essential to national social, economic and political stability, and have urged all localities to work together to restore diverse ecosystems and make progress to resolve other negative effects of the dam in the next eight years.
Tong Dahuan is a social commentator in Beijing.
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