Seventy percent of project will be owned by China, 30 percent by Myanmar. Myanmar’s share will be distributed to the government and public companies including “ethnics”.
The system would combine with a coastal dam in the region to combat climate change, rising sea levels and flooding, as well as to develop infrastructure for road transport, it added.
In a nod to major agricultural chemical manufacturers, the Trump administration pressures Thailand not to ban three pesticides that research shows to be particularly dangerous to children and other vulnerable populations.
MRC experts say plans for the Luang Prabang dam are short of key details: its potential ecological impacts to lost fish spawning grounds, how turbines would actually prove “fish friendly,” and compensation for communities.
Upriver dams and a devastating drought this year brought the Mekong to its lowest level ever recorded. And the combination has left the Tonle Sap Lake—Southeast Asia’s largest—in crisis.