» 11/22/2012, 00.00
LAOS - FINLAND
Finnish firm in hot water over its approval of Xayaburi dam
Poyry gives go ahead to dam on Mekong saying the Laotian government has complied with its obligations. At the same time, it signs an eight-year agreement to monitor dam construction. Environmentalists and NGOs are outraged over the "conflict of interests". Finnish authorities now vetting possible breach of ethics guidelines.
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.
Vientiane go ahead for Xayaburi dam. Bangkok agrees, environmentalists at war
The Laotian Government has given the green light to the resumption of work on the mega-plant for more than three billion dollars. Executive denies there are environmental problems. Opinion shared by Thailand. Ecologists and associations: "devastating" plants that put the region's development at risk.
Cambodia "suspends" construction of dam on Mekong
Vientiane’s decision follows by protests from Cambodia and ecological groups that the dam will have serious consequences for millions of people. The dam would be the first of 11 planned constructions, but experts had called for a moratorium of 10 years to complete studies on their impact.
Damming the Mekong: water and food at risk for millions of people
Vietnam and other countries discuss dam construction on the Mekong River. Experts say construction should be halted to study its impact. The lives of millions of people are at risk. But China and others are hungry for cheap electricity.
Xayaburi Dam, Vientiane promises halt on construction
For the Lao Government work on the mega-plant has been stooped. However, changes are being considered to make the dam more "modern and transparent". Environmentalists sound alarm: the work continues and will have devastating impacts on the river and the Mekong basin countries. Protests of entire villages in Cambodia.
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