The dam near Luang Prabang – both a World Heritage site and an seismically active zone – is “an irresponsible gamble,” experts argue.
UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee will meet from July 16-31 to assess the dam’s potential impact on the Luang Prabang City World Heritage Site.
The Lao government may resist the growing pressure to cancel the dam project, but Thailand could readily pull the plug given that dam developer CH Karnchang is based in Bangkok.
More than 8,000 tigers live in captivity in China, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam, where they are kept and bred for commercial uses, including for selfies with tourists and illegal trade in their bones, skins, and other parts.
Seventy-one percent of the record seizure of 169 tonnes of methamphetamine in East and Southeast Asia in 2020 were in these five Mekong countries: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam,
The 600MW wind farm, located by the Mekong River opposite Thailand’s northeastern province of Ubon Ratchathani, will supply electricity through a 500-kilovolt transmission line to central Vietnam.
The government and shareholders in the Nam Theun 2 hydropower plant have agreed to develop Nam Theun 2-Solar, the largest hybrid floating solar project in the world.
With an installed capacity of 240MWp, the solar project will be built on the reservoir of Nam Theun 2, one of the largest hydroelectric projects in Laos.
The two projects, whose details are still being negotiated, will allow China easier access to the Indochina Peninsula.
The development of the two parks is part of the National Green Growth Strategy, which was approved by the government in January 2019, with the goal of ensuring development remains sustainable.
For months, we’ve been researching the uptick in logging and poaching, which are gradually emptying out the forests here in Cambodia as well as neighboring Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar. And for communities on the edges of wildlife-rich forests, exploiting these resources is increasingly a matter of survival.