The Mekong represents a key test case as it is home to perhaps the highest profile conflicts over hydropower development today.
All 76 provinces across the country have been ordered to begin digging for water as part of urgent state measures to fight a drought which has already parched 18 provinces.
Ministry of Agriculture spokesman says building more dams will not help the situation as there are already enough and that the problem is solely due to the climate.
Calling for authorities to drop any legal action against villagers for forest encroachment, he said P-Move is overseeing 81 cases of alleged forest encroachment.
Beijing holds nearly all the cards. But can it navigate Myanmar’s labyrinthine political environment for its own interest, let alone act as a responsible superpower?
Demands more firm action against fishing, forestry, and forest land encroachment crimes in order to protect and preserve rare species of wild animals that are currently under threat
Absence of strategising sustainable domestic development benefits of Chinese megaprojects on part of the Lao government is only exacerbating widening socio-economic inequalities on the ground.