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 Defends Dam Building on Mekong River as Activists Head to Court

China Defends Dam Building on Mekong River as Activists Head to Court

  – BEIJING – Officials from southwest China’s Yunnan province have defended a plan to build a dam in the region as “fully legally compliant”, after an environment group took developers of the project to court last month for violating laws. The Beijing-based Friends of Nature had filed a suit against the 113-megawatt Huilong Mountain […]