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.
Long before Belt & Road projects were seen as sovereignty-eroding debt traps, Bangkok’s military rulers were tactfully resisting the terms and reach of Beijing’s advances.
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.
Water extracting machines powered by the sun are hoped to be applied in remote disadvantaged regions around Vietnam.
From Malaysia, Myanmar and Laos, to Indonesia, the impacts from transborder investments were discussed at the forum organised by Thailand’s National Human Rights Commission and Forest People Programme. It ends tomorrow.
In June 2018, a leaked environmental impact assessment report on the proposed Sambor Hydropower Dam could “literally kill the [Mekong] river”.
Vietnam’s 27 million pigs generate annual emissions equivalent to around 4.3 million tons of CO2. What many do not know, is that these pernicious emissions could be used to generate electricity.