» 04/13/2011, 00.00
Mekong River: Environmentalists against Xayaburi dam because it threatens ecosystem
On 19 April, the project’s future will be decided. It is slated for construction in a remote area in northern Laos and is expected to provide power to Thailand. Environmentalists and Vietnamese authorities oppose the plan; 263 NGOs from 51 different nations are also against it because it could damage plant and animal life and jeopardise Vietnam’s rice production.
12/01/2007 CHINA – SOUTH EAST ASIA
Mideast oil to be shipped up the Mekong River
China is seeking an alternative route to the Strait of Malacca. River shipping has already been operation between Thailand and China’s Yunnan province. But environmental risks are high in a river that gives life to 60 million people.
20/10/2010 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.
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.
New dam on Nam Theun River opens, environmentalists protest
The Laotian government says power sales to Thailand will generate US$ 80 million in revenues per year, improving the standards of living of the poor. Environmentalists complain the dam will upset the lives of 110,000 local residents.
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.
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