Tackling Hydropower Myths on the Mekong: “Run-of-River” Does Not Mean Sustainable

Tackling Hydropower Myths on the Mekong: “Run-of-River” Does Not Mean Sustainable

BANGKOK–  A few weeks ago, the 3rd Mekong River Commission Summit took place in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The Summit is held every four years, bringing together the leaders of the Lower Mekong member countries: Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam, together with representatives of China and Myanmar as MRC dialogue partners. The MRC describes the Summit […]

Mekong River Commission Warned on Development Impacts to the River

Mekong River Commission Warned on Development Impacts to the River

SIEM REAP – The four member countries of the Mekong River Commission today confronted predictions of social and environmental disaster if damming and other development projects in the region are allowed to proceed as planned. The warnings, contained in a 3,600-page report prepared by the MRC Council, point to negative trade-offs between water, energy, and […]

China’s Belt and Road Money Floods Environmental Concerns Over Mekong Dam Construction

China’s Belt and Road Money Floods Environmental Concerns Over Mekong Dam Construction

SIEM REAP, Cambodia – The prime ministers of the four countries in the downstream Mekong River basin agreed this week to boost collaboration for sustainable development, but turned noticeably quiet about the environmental impact from hydropower dam projects that have increased thanks to Chinese help. Cambodia’s Hun Sen, Thailand’s Prayut Chan-ocha, Vietnam’s Nguyen Xuan Phuc […]

China’s Hydro Dam Ambitions on the Verge of Killing the Mekong River

China’s Hydro Dam Ambitions on the Verge of Killing the Mekong River

CHIANG RAI – A report published by the Lowy Institute says that biodiversity and precious resources of the Mekong are increasingly under danger because of the rush to construct hydro-electric dams on one of the world’s great rivers. The Mekong River is the lifeblood of Southeast Asia and offers a glimpse into the long history […]

Environmentalists Take on China’s Infrastructure Projects in Southeast Asia

Environmentalists Take on China’s Infrastructure Projects in Southeast Asia

CHIANG RAI – Rural communities in Thailand have been challenging Chinese companies with street protests, court petitions, and occasionally sorcery, to block environmentally-damaging projects in their back yards — and their call to action is being taken up across mainland Southeast Asia. Grassroots activists in the northern province of Chiang Rai have successfully lobbied the […]

Researchers Funded by NASA Seek Ways to Improve Dams on Mekong River

Researchers Funded by NASA Seek Ways to Improve Dams on Mekong River

– CHIANG RAI – Researchers backed by multi-million-dollar grants from NASA are heading to Southeast Asia’s Mekong River region to find ways to improve dams so they are less harmful to people and the environment. Researchers from Michigan State University (MSU) will spend three years analysing sites in the lower Mekong River basin in Thailand, […]

Eyeing Mekong Dams, China Lavishes Cambodia with Billions for New Infrastructure

Eyeing Mekong Dams, China Lavishes Cambodia with Billions for New Infrastructure

– PHNOM PENH – Beijing has pledged billions of dollars to build new infrastructure in Cambodia, officials said Thursday, as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang ended a two-day charm offensive currying favor for its mega-dams across the Mekong. The storied waterway, which twists through parts of Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, is the world’s largest […]

China’s Mekong Plans Threaten Disaster for Countries Downstream

China’s Mekong Plans Threaten Disaster for Countries Downstream

  – CHIANG RAI – Thirty million people depend for a living on the Mekong, the great Asian river that runs through Southeast Asia from its origins in the snowfields of Tibet to its end in the delta region of Vietnam, where it fertilizes one of the world’s richest agricultural areas. It’s the greatest freshwater […]

Dam’s in Thailand at Breaking Point

Dam’s in Thailand at Breaking Point

  People in the Northeast and Central Plains have been told to brace for further flooding as dams which near bursting point are forced to release more water. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, however, is confident Bangkok will be able to cope with incoming floodwater. Pipat Khongsilpthaweekul, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand’s chief of hydropower […]