The uncompleted dam has been largely removed, allowing the river to continue flowing freely through the valley.

The uncompleted dam has been largely removed, allowing the river to continue flowing freely through the valley.

Foto: Gilles Sabrie / DER SPIEGEL

A Biology Student Versus Beijing The Triumph of Environmental Activism in China

A planned dam in China's Red River Valley would have destroyed the habitat of an endangered bird. But a 31-year-old biology student stood up to the authorities and managed to block the project. How did he do it?
By Georg Fahrion in Yunnan
Aus: DER SPIEGEL 36/2021
SPIEGEL International
This photo of a green peafowl was taken by wildlife filmmaker Xi Zhinong.

This photo of a green peafowl was taken by wildlife filmmaker Xi Zhinong.

Foto: Xi Zhinong
Biologist Gu Bojian on the Red River, with the remains of the planned dam behind him.

Biologist Gu Bojian on the Red River, with the remains of the planned dam behind him.

Foto:

Gilles Sabrie / DER SPIEGEL

Wildlife filmmaker Xi Zhinong in his studio in Dali, with some of his photos on the wall behind him.

Wildlife filmmaker Xi Zhinong in his studio in Dali, with some of his photos on the wall behind him.

Foto: Gilles Sabrie / DER SPIEGEL
Early one morning, Gu Bojian (l.) and an acquaintance went birdwatching in the hills above the Red River.

Early one morning, Gu Bojian (l.) and an acquaintance went birdwatching in the hills above the Red River.

Foto: Gilles Sabrie / DER SPIEGEL
Once it became clear that the dam would not be built, farmers began investing in there tomato farm in the Red River valley.

Once it became clear that the dam would not be built, farmers began investing in there tomato farm in the Red River valley.

Foto: Gilles Sabrie / DER SPIEGEL
With reporting by: Wu Dandan
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