Table 6. Projected socioeconomic vulnerabilities of the Nu River, China, to hydropower development. Standard deviations in parentheses.


Dam site Income in RMB† Median housing value in RMB Ethnic minority (%)‡ Literate household heads (%) Households receiving farm help in past 12 mo (%) Households giving farm help in past 12 mo (%) Average level of participation in village activities§
Maji 638 (2710) 10,000 (28,730) 100 51 28.3 27.3 1.20 (0.14)
Lumadeng 519 (646) 15,000 (23,095) 83.7 59 51 52 1.19 (0.20)
Yabiluo 1325 (3091) 30,000 (49,032) 96 58 62 61 1.29 (0.28)
Lushui 944 (1325) 30,000 (46,372) 94.5 64 45.4 38.9 1.30 (0.24)
Entire sample 784 (2228) 20,000 (39,771) 94 58 46.7 44.7 1.25 (0.23)
†Annual median household income, including farming activities and wage labor.
‡Figures reported are for the Lisu minority nationality; some communities also have sizable populations of other minorities, including Tibetan, Nu, and Naxi.
§Average level of participation in village social and political activities (1, never; 2, sometimes; 3, always).