Mekong River Commission (MRC) Announces Laos Intentions to Build “Fourth Dam” on Mekong River

The Pak Lay dam will be the fourth hydropower dam on the mainstream Mekong River after the Xayaburi, Don Sahong and Pak Beng dams.

Mekong River Commission (MRC) Announces Laos Intentions to Build “Fourth Dam” on Mekong River

CHIANG RAI – The Mekong River Commission (MRC) announced yesterday that Laos has formally notified the Commission of its intention to construct the Pak Lay dam on the mainstem of the Mekong River. The notification triggers commencement of the Prior Consultation procedure under the MRC’s Procedures for Notification, Prior Consultation and Agreement (PNPCA). Pak Lay […]

Three Year Study Finds China-Backed Sambor Dam Would Destroy the Mekong River

A controversial dam project in Cambodia could "literally kill" the Mekong River, according to a confidential report on the environmental impact of the proposed structure.

Three Year Study Finds China-Backed Sambor Dam Would Destroy the Mekong River

  BANGKOK – A Chinese-backed plan for Cambodia to build the Mekong River’s biggest dam would destroy fisheries that feed millions and worsen tensions with Vietnam, the downstream country with most to lose from dams on the waterway, according to a three-year study commissioned by the Cambodian government. The report, posted this month on the […]

Beating Malaria in the Greater Mekong Subregion

Beating Malaria in the Greater Mekong Subregion

CHIANG RAI – In Southeast Asia’s Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), the battle against malaria is advancing at a rapid pace. Between 2012 and 2017, reported malaria cases fell by a staggering 84%, with deaths from the disease down by 93%. In Cambodia, China’s Yunnan Province, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), Myanmar, Thailand, and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Mekong Shipping Slowly Resumes as Water Levels Rise in Chiang Rai Province

Mekong Shipping Slowly Resumes as Water Levels Rise in Chiang Rai Province

– CHIANG RAI – Small freight vessels and passenger cruises have resumed services after the water level rose above two metres on a stretch of the Mekong River in Chiang Saen district yesterday, according to the provincial office. Cargo and cruise vessels plying the international river were mostly grounded last week when the water level […]

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