Despite Myanmar’s dire need for power, a US$250 million hydropower plant on the front lines of the Kachin conflict has been largely idle since the day it opened in 2011.
Insurers hold about $50 million in liability coverage between them across two policies which should be used to compensate affected villagers.
In 2011, construction work on the Myitsone dam project in Myanmar’s restive Kachin state was halted after large protests. China is now lobbying hard for the work to resume, but local people are still not convinced they will ever see benefits.
The Thai government must suspend plans to buy electricity from the Thai-built Xayaburi dam in Lao, conservationists said Friday, as water levels along the kingdom’s section of Mekong river plummet to near-record lows.
Lao farmers have planted rice on less than half the country’s cultivable land this year because of a persistent drought in the Mekong River region.
If we are to successfully secure both the livelihoods of local people and the future of endangered species, then it is essential conservation is reconciled with development.
By enacting measures to preserve natural and heritage sites, Thailand is stepping up efforts to protect its visitor attractions and promote sustainable tourism,
Construction of hydropower plants along rivers was blocking the flow, causing water shortages for people living downstream.