Each year, during China’s rainy season, downstream nations are on high alert as Chinese dams release water to ease pressure with little warning.
The Bunong and Lao people place spiritual significance on the forests and ancestral burial grounds which will be flooded when the dam goes online.
Readiness varies among countries, but public participation essential for dealing with climate change.
There are no ‘simple answers’ for managing the risks of Mekong hydropower development. The reality is much more complex.
Cambodian officials denounced villagers whose homes are expected to be flooded by the Lower Sesan II dam
Most of the reservoirs have been short of monitoring equipment, poorly constructed, and relatively unsafe for operations.
The HydroCalculator is meant for use by communities, researchers and activists who are often closed out of the technical dam planning process. It is available free online.
While tensions in the South China Sea have the potential for limited skirmishes far out to sea, the competition over the resources of the Mekong River is putting millions at risk of natural disasters, famine and regional instability.
Mekong transboundary water issues across four Lower Basin Mekong countries is the subject of a new video by the Mekong River Commission.