The MRC in a statement confirmed that parts of the assessment “appear to be similar to those of the Pak Beng project.”
Called for their government and the main partner in a joint venture to take responsibility for the deadly breach of an auxiliary dam at the South Korean-backed Xe Pian Xe Namnoy hydropower project in Laos.
Large sections of the Pak Lay study “are simply copied directly from the (2015) Pak Beng [report]” – which an MRC review found was inaccurate.
China’s Belt and Road Iniative could deliver more damage to an already fragile ecosystem that helps support some 284 million people.
Could tourism be a better road forward for Laos now that its hydropower development schemes are increasingly being called into question?
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.
Remains keen to export hydropower despite charges its dam building is harming the environment and threatening livelihoods.