The Mekong River Commission organised a consultation workshop in HCM City yesterday for the Pak Lay hydropower project proposed on the Mekong’s mainstream in Xayaburi Province in north-western Laos.
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.
Leaders of Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand agreed on a common vision to push for the region’s true potential while at the Asean World Economic Forum in Vietnam this week.
Cambodia’s Hun Sen highly encouraged these countries to form the Association of the Rice Exporting Countries (AREC).
In Thailand, however, communities are being evicted from national parks under a law aimed at conserving forests.
Though floods from the Lao dam collapse occured two months ago, people are yet to experience the worst of it.
The fourth Industrial Revolution offers integration opportunities given the rising role of soft and digital connectivity within economies.
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.