The term “blasting the rapids” used in navigation channel improvement documents and EIAs sounds extremely negative in comparison with the reality: Pham Tuan Phan, MRC
the damage these dams will have on Vietnam is beginning to appear. As the country farthest down the watershed, Vietnam will be subject to these compounded harms. The country will suffer considerably under the proposed dams, losing as much as 27 percent of its GDP in the next 20 years as the Mekong Delta shrinks.
It’s difficult to judge the impacts of deforestation, erosion, pollutants, or to confirm or refute claims of damage caused by development without starting from a solid data baseline.
There are several reasons why China finally takes part in a cooperation framework with the lower Mekong countries. One of them is allow China to enter a ‘damage control’ diplomacy.
If the Electricité Du Cambodge provides a secured power purchase agreement and attractive prices, AIIB is likely to fund solar projects in the Cambodia.
To manage resources sustainably in a changing world, you need information. Good decisions require comprehensive, accessible, easy-to-use data.
Over the past three decades (1988-January 2017) China has invested $19 billion in Myanmar, far more than any other country.
Investing in nature is not a waste of money or a drain on profit margins. On the contrary, such investments are just as important as the concrete and steel needed to build dams and reservoirs.