Scientists urge postponing Pak Beng hydropower project

Viet Nam Net Bridge – Laos is set to move forward to build Pak Beng hydropower dam on Mekong mainstream, but technical reports about the project still do not provide adequate information. Vietnamese Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment and Chair of the Vietnam Mekong River Commission, Tran Hong Ha, on May 12 chaired a workshop on the building of the Lao Pak Beng hydropower Read More…

Sand mining kills rivers in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

Viet Nam Net Bridge – A report of the Steering Committee for Climate Change Response, Disaster Prevention and Search and Rescue of Dong Thap Province showed that since early 2017, there have been 13 landslides in the province, sweeping away a total area of 5,924 square meters. In An Giang, severe landslides have occurred in many parts of the province this year. Notably, the sinking of a Read More…

Worry dogs last Pak Bang Dam forum

Thai Visa – Local people along the Mekong River in Thailand have expressed concerns over the Pak Bang Dam in Laos and urged the Lao government to reconsider the project amid worries it could cause major flooding in Chiang Rai and destroy people’s livelihoods. However, the Water Resources Department said yesterday at the final public hearing regarding the dam in Chiang Rai’s Wiang Kaen Read More…

Conference seeks ways to mitigate climate change in Mekong Delta

Vietnam Plus – Switching rice crops to a more profitable ones, increasing water storage capacity and improving transportation should be prioritised to promote sustainable development in the Mekong Delta region, which is greatly impacted by climate change. The suggestions were given at a round-table conference held by the Vietnamese Business Association in the US and the Vietnamese office Read More…

Hydropower project on Mekong River supported by Sweden

Scand Asia – Using the Mekong River as a source of sustainable energy was discussed as theSwedish Embassy in Bangkok participated in a regional stakeholder forum on the Pak Beng Hydropower Project, held on Friday 5 May 2017 in Vientiane, Laos. The forum was arranged by the Mekong River Commission, MRC, an inter-governmental organisation that works directly with the governments of Read More…

Vietnam urges Laos to rethink Mekong River dams

Viet Nam Net Bridge – The Mekong Delta will disappear in the next several decades once Pak Beng Dam and another 10 planned hydropower dams are built on the Mekong River in Laos and Cambodia, delegates warned at a conference on Saturday in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho. “Viet Nam wants all upstream Mekong River nations to adopt proper policies in exploiting the river, especially in Read More…

Myanmar hydropower – can we learn from the Mekong experience?

The Nation – Across the globe, hydropower is an emotive subject that results in strong ideological pro-dam and anti-dam positions. This often results in the marginalisation of the middle ground, making it harder for informed and objective discussions to take place. And there are plenty of examples of individual projects that fuel this debate. That is why involvement in an initiative in Read More…

China wants to dynamite the Mekong River to increase trade

ABC News – Environmental groups in Thailand are concerned about China's plan to blast shallow parts of the Mekong River to allow heavy shipping. The project will destroy habitat for the critically endangered Mekong giant catfish and could have devastating impacts for downstream countries like Cambodia and Vietnam. Fishing, agriculture and even national boundaries are likely to be Read More…

Government urged to ask for Lao Pak Beng hydropower project suspension

Vietnam Plus – Many scientists have asked the Vietnamese Government to propose Laos to suspend its Pak Beng hydropower project to wait for thorough assessment of the project’s possible impacts on areas in the lower Mekong River. They made the request at a seminar held by the Vietnam National Mekong Committee in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on May 12. The event aimed to consult Read More…

China builds hydropower plant in Laos, poses threat to Mekong Delta

Viet Nam Net Bridge – Experts have pointed out that field research results about the Pak Beng hydropower project in Laos are sketchy and do not provide sufficient information. Nguyen Anh Duc, director of the Mekong River Development Assistance Center under the Mekong River Commission of Vietnam, said if the hydropower plant is built on the basis of such inadequate information, it would Read More…