Faced with growing pressure from dams, pollution and sand mining, concerns are mounting about the health of the river and those whose livelihoods depend on it.
Many people who could be directly affected in the Kachin, Shan and Kayin states are voting with their feet in public demonstrations. As their banners make clear, they say no to dam building.
“We don’t want Sihanoukville to be a ‘casino place’, but an industrial city, which provides technological, economic and tourism services.”
Quảng Trị is one of the top localities nationwide in terms of forestation certified by the FSC. The province targets developing at least 60,000 ha of FSC-certified forests by 2030, tripling that in 2019.
If climate change, in the form of floods or droughts, occurs it would pose a serious impact on the lower downstream areas of the Mekong. The proposed project lacks measures to minimise the impact.
Mining operations were suspended in 2016 as the sale value of minerals took a dive, and commodity prices on the world market slumped.
The loan is to Burmese developer Shwe Taung Group – the first in the country — to be used for a mixed project that includes offices, a shopping mall and the Pan Pacific Hotel.