Leaders of the Mekong nations have raised concerns over the development of hydropower along the river system following the collapse of a major dam in Laos in July.
Vietnam’s Mekong Delta is one of the world’s most at-risk areas from the effects of climate change, posing challenges both for its environment and population in years to come. Photos credit: Luke Duggleby
The PM was responding to a question raised about whether the fracture of a dam in Laos’ Attapeu province would affect Laos’ approach to hydropower development.
Though floods from the Lao dam collapse occured two months ago, people are yet to experience the worst of it.
The Mekong River Committee plans to hold an open forum this month on the development of hydropower dams along the river. NGOs plan to boycott the event.
Those in power must give stronger voices to marginalised communities and protection to natural flood defenses.
Community-based tourism is starting to become popular and the Mekong River plays an important role, but dam building could prove harmful to the sector.