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Activists call to scrap Lao dam project Ecosystem ‘under threat’ if hydro plan goes ahead Activists are unhappy with Laos’ pledge to study the environmental effects of the controversial Xayaburi hydro dam. They say Laos’ commitment to study further the … Continue reading

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Early work on dam ‘normal practice’

The Laos government has defended early road construction work near the controversial Xayaburi dam project, saying it is ”fairly common practice” in the country. The Bangkok Post Sunday reported last month that extensive road work for the US$3.5 billion (105 … Continue reading

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A new geopolitics of mekong dams?

On April 19, the four country members of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) met to consult on Thai company Ch Karnchang’s proposal to build a 1,260MW dam in Xayaburi province on the mainstream of the Mekong River in Laos. The … Continue reading

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The Xayaburi Dam: A Looming Threat to the Mekong River

Located in a mountainous valley in Northern Laos, the proposed Xayaburi hydropower dam is the  most advanced of eleven large dams planned for the Lower Mekong River’s mainstream. If built,  the dam will cause irreversible and permanent ecological change to … Continue reading

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Decision looms on Mekong River dam opposed by conservation groups

The Mekong River Commission gathers in Vientiane tomorrow to consider the Xayaburi (also spelled Sayabouly) dam. On Friday, they are expected to make a final recommendation to the four member states:Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. It will be the biggest decision ever taken … Continue reading

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Think twice before doing damage that will be irreversible

The mighty mekong River, as the world knows it, may never be the same again if the Lao government has its way. There is a growing fear that up to 40 million people could be affected if the Xayaburi Dam … Continue reading

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Mekong River in danger of becoming ‘Chinese river’

Plans to build hydropower dams on the upper Mekong will turn Southeast Asia’s longest waterway into a “Chinese river”, the regional head of the US-based Stimson Centre has warned. China has already built four hydropower dams on the upper mekong … Continue reading

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The Mekong – Mother River of Southeast Asia

The Mekong River is the Mother River of Southeast Asia. Millions of people rely on its natural resources for their survival and livelihood. But the river is now under the threat of destructive development. The Chiang Mai-based NGO, Living River … Continue reading

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Dams and Development Threaten the Mekong

The Mekong has long held a mystique for outsiders, whether they be American G.I.’s in the Delta during the Vietnam War or ill-starred 19th-century French explorers who searched for the river’s source in Tibet. The earliest visitors realized the hard … Continue reading

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