Developing hydropower is threatening the numerous fishing villages that line the Mekong River, which are seeing fish stocks dwindle as new dams spring up.
As investment in hydropower and construction projects ramp up, ecosystems and communities along Southeast Asia’s longest river are paying the price.
Lao hydraulic infrastructure frequently induces systemic, path-dependent and disruptive socio-ecological transformations.
After studying alternatives to mitigate the impacts of pending dam projects in Laos and Cambodia, experts say, just say NO.
The Korean owned PNPC dam company knew the partially built saddle dam was at risk to intense weather patterns during the monsoon season.
A dam under construction in Laos failed catastrophically leaving hundreds missing and thousands homeless with at least several feared dead.
China is helping Laos with its plans to develop as a regional power hub supplying electricity to Southeast Asia and China’s Yunnan province.
Productivity may not last forever. In fact, delta farmers and other residents are already experiencing problems.