Interviewees

Zhi-Yong Yin

Zhi-Yong Yin, Ph.D.


Associate Professor University of San Diego in the Marine Science & Environmental Studies Dept.

Zhi-Yong (John) Yin was raised and educated in Beijing, China. After he earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in physical geography from Peking University, he came to the University of Georgia and completed his Ph.D. degree in 1990. After teaching at the Department of Geography of Georgia State University for 13 years, with an emphasis in hydroclimatology, geomorphology and water resources he came to the Department of Marine Science and Environmental Studies at the University of San Diego in 2003. His academic interests include effects of human activities on stream systems and water resources, recent climatic fluctuations, applied climatology, and applications of GIS and remote sensing in physical geography and environmental studies. He was awarded a NASA grant to validate precipitation estimates on the Tibetan Plateau.


"For any large projects you always have pros and cons. Therefore its to have to evaluate it in a scientific way. The Chinese government made the decision thinking that the benefits outweigh the disadvantages."
- Dr. Yin

Patrick McCully

Patrick McCully


Executive Director of the International Rivers Network

Mr. McCully is author of Silenced Rivers: The Ecology and Politics of Large Dams, co–published by Zed Books (London) and IRN in 1996. A revised and updated edition was published in 2001. Since 1992, Mr. McCully has worked on many dam–related campaigns, in particular in supporting the struggle of the Narmada Bachao Andolan/Save the Narmada Movement against dams on the Narmada River in India. Mr. McCully is a member of the Steering Committee of the UN Environment Programme's Dams and Development Project and a member of the UNEP's Dams and Development Forum. He was formerly a member of the World Commission on Dams Forum and of the Reference Group which oversaw the establishment of the World Commission on Dams. He is a board member of EcoEquity, a US–based NGO which advocates for a just and effective global climate treaty. He is an advisory board member of two Indian organizations, the South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People and the Manthan Research Centre. From 1989 to 1992, Mr. McCully was assistant editor and then co–editor of the UK–based campaigning journal The Ecologist. In 1992–93, Mr. McCully was editor of NGONET, an information service for NGOs based in Uruguay. Mr. McCully is the co–author of Imperiled Planet (MIT Press, 1990) and The Road to Rio: An NGO Action Guide to Environment and Development (International Books, 1993). Mr. McCully joined IRN's staff in 1994. Mr. McCully, originally from Northern Ireland, has a Bachelor degree in archaeology and anthropology from the University of Nottingham, England.

"The problems of the Three Gorges Dam are just the problems that we see all over the world writ large because it is so much bigger. The reservoir is so much bigger, number of people to be displaced, is so much bigger, than for any other dam. They are of a bigger magnitude than elsewhere but the same types of problems you get when you look all over the world: the problems of forced eviction of people, environmental impacts, the problems of very closed and authoritarian decision making structures, the problems of corruption, issues about technical concerns about the dam, the problem of sedimentation of the reservoir."
- Patrick McCully