Yamdrok Tso

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Location: SW of Lhasa, Tibet

Who Considers it Sacred? Tibetans

Significance: Considered one of Tibet’s four most sacred lakes.

The Threat: Industrial development

Preservation Status: China has already built and is using a major hydroelectric plant at the lake. The plant will drain water from this beautiful scenic area, while another plant is to pump river water back into it. This may damage the delicate balance of the lake’s ecosystem. In 1996, the International Committee of Lawyers for Tibet helped to negotiate and draft a resolution to ask China to address these concerns.

For More Information: Tibetan Sacred Lake; Site Saver Newsletter Volume VIII, Number 3, Spring/Summer 1998; Travel Resources: Guide Books & Internet Sites

Photo: Antoine Taveneaux

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