» 10/20/2010, 00.00
LAOS – VIETNAM – CHINA
Calls for a moratorium on Mekong dam building that destroy environment and people
Laos and Cambodia are planning to build dams to generate electrical power for sale. China, which already has four big dams upstream, is accused of taking too much water. The river’s ecosystems and the lives of 65 million people are at risk. Vietnam and Thailand are not against a US role in the matter.
Following Vietnam protests, Laotian govt puts off Xayaburi dam decision
The four-nation (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand) Mekong River Commission met today. There is “still a difference in views” over the project, which Vietnam vehemently opposes. Environmentalists back a ten-year moratorium. Vientiane gives in and postpones decision.
23/06/2010 CHINA – THAILAND – LAOS
New Mekong bridges linking China to SE Asia get green light
The roads of a new north-south corridor will bring goods and people from China to South-East Asia. Social problems will come with the new transportation routes.
10/09/2014 CHINA - LAOS - CAMBODIA
Maximum alert for floods on lower Mekong as Beijing opens dams
The Jinghong dam can contain up to 600 million cubic meters of water and a capacity of 1,750 megawatts. Experts in Laos, Thailand and Cambodia carefully monitor the level of the river. High risk of flooding. But the government of Phnom Penh, a staunch ally of Beijing, denies the threat.
06/04/2010 THAILAND – CHINA – VIETNAM
Mekong nations meet after 15 years
The second summit of the Mekong River Commission, which includes Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, ended yesterday with a joint statement on a common action plan to develop the river. Delegates from Myanmar and China attend the meeting as ‘dialogue partners’. Beijing rejects accusations that its hydropower development is harming the river basin.
07/03/2014 LAOS - CAMBODIA
In Laos, poorly designed Don Sahong dam threatens Mekong
Environmentalists slam Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) based on "incomplete" research. The project endangers fish and more than 60 million people living in the lower basin of the river. Some of the endangered species are "unique". Damage is estimated at between US$ 1.4 and 3.9 billion a year.
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