Vietnam’s state-owned PetroVietnam Power has chosen the site for the $3 billion, 1,460-megawat Luang Prabang Dam. It will flood 23 villages in whole or in part, home to 10,000 people now told to start packing.
The leaders of the Mekong countries presumably are aware of the problems, but the overwhelming desire is not to offend China.
The first problems persistently faced by Vietnam’s agricultural sector is its institutional failures in regulating production, environment regulations, and agricultural input and output markets.
Fund at least 15,000 resilient livelihood subprojects, including climate-smart agriculture, livestock, fisheries, value addition to farm and nonfarm products, marketing, and the acquisition for new skills and employment.
In joining the Lao effort to build the Luang Prabang hydropower project, Hanoi reverses policy, putting Vietnam’s credibility and the Mekong’s fate on the line.
The reversal was the result of a joint effort by a Thai animal-feed producer, a group of herbicide producers, and two political parties in collusion with US entities.