Will the decision-makers in Vientiane and Phnom Penh forego the hydropower projects that they endorsed many years ago, before environmental impacts were properly understood and when wind and solar power alternatives were hardly conceivable?
Dams are barriers to the migration route of 30 percent of fish species in the Mekong River, and being unable to cross them means that the entire sequence of their natural life is perturbed.
“Dr. Khun Win Thaung of Kachin State said an increasing number of Chinese companies were planting tissue-culture bananas, threatening the community’s way of life.”
The eco-systems and the communities that depend on this Mekong tributary in Laos are facing tremendous changes because of a cascade of seven-dams being built by China’s Sinohydro Corporation.
The projects include mining, agriculture and logging concessions, as well as the China-backed Muse-Mandalay railway project, a part of the Chinese government’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
As coastal erosion continues to affect thousands of lives in Việt Nam’s southernmost province, authorities are taking steps to adapt to climate change before the damage reaches irreversible levels.
Ten residents from Nasang village, who lost land to the railway, took photographs and shared, in their own words, how the railway is altering their livelihoods and shaping their hopes for the future.