Dams Impacts on their Surroundings

Robin Mikaela Kotsia, Panagiotis Praftsas, Jacob Martin Nielsen & Helena Maria Veldt

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


Dams are being built in spite of the known negative impacts on their surroundings. They benefit the Anthropocene world with flood and drought control, irrigation and hydropower, but at the same time, they bring physical changes to the landscapes morphology, extinctions in flora and fauna, and provoke the relocation of humans. This report investigates the ethical dilemmas concerning dams with a normative ethics approach. A tool depicting various ethical decision making processes is created in flow chart form to illustrate how one might arrive at the decision of building a dam, as well as removing or repairing a dam. The Three Gorges Dam (TGD) is used as a current large-scale example, though the ethics behind dams in general is considered, and the analyses are applicable to environmental projects on a broader scale. In conclusion, ethics already used for evaluating human behavior cannot be applied to evaluate the negative impacts to the environment, caused by humans. Therefore, this report suggests the making of a new set of ethics, which can be used to evaluate the ethical degree of decisions affecting the environment. Furthermore, it promotes a stricter compliance of already written laws and guidelines, which seem adequate from an anthropocentric perspective.

UddannelserBasis - International Naturvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato20 dec. 2016
Antal sider78
VejledereLauren Paige Seaby