A hydroelectric project could force UNESCO to delist the spectacular World Heritage Site.
The target of the hack, which two sources with knowledge of the indictment said was Cambodia’s foreign ministry, was also revealing – discussions between China and Cambodia over the use of the Mekong River, which has become a new battleground for U.S. and Chinese influence in Southeast Asia.
The MGC has significantly contributed to the promotion of close relations, mutual understanding and trust, as well as the socio-economic development of the sub-region, which ultimately serve to ensure the wellbeing and prosperity of the peoples of the member countries.
One of the biggest disruptions is the Jinghong Hydropower Plant. Zhou of CBCGDF said the dam and reservoir has made the Mekong river, which cuts through the region, impossible for elephants to cross, further fragmenting their habitats.
Strangely enough, the phrase “free and open Mekong” was introduced for the first time in the latest US position regarding the most important strategic area of mainland Southeast Asia.
So far, few countries in the region have tied green components to their stimulus packages, which contain some environmentally harmful measures
The study shows for the first time the combined effect of climate change and human impact on salt intrusion at the scale of a mega delta such as the Mekong Delta. This means that the window of opportunity for limiting further salt intrusion is much shorter than previously considered.
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.