Laos’ work on the Mekong river draws criticism

BBC NewsBy Jonah FisherJuly 3, 2012In a dusty gorge deep in landlocked Laos, work is underway on a project that could change South-East Asia forever.Despite the protests of countries downstream and the warnings of scientists, a construction company has begun building the first dam across the lower reaches of one of the world's great rivers. Officially the Lao government says it has not decided Read More…

Cambodian villagers protest controversial Laos dam

ReutersBy Prak Chan ThulJune 29, 2012Cambodian villagers demonstrated on Friday against a controversial Lao hydropower dam that activists say is being built in defiance of an agreement to assess its potentially damaging impact on millions of people first.About 200 villagers whose livelihoods depend on the Mekong River urged a halt to the Thai-led construction of the $3.5 billion Xayaburi dam, Read More…

Xayaburi Dam construction defies moratorium

The Asia SentinelJune 29, 2012Despite the opposition of three governments and an array of environmentalists and public service groups from across the planet, the Xayaburi Dam, deep inside the mountains of northern Laos on the lower Mekong River, appears to be almost unstoppable. The Thai energy company Ch. Karnchang is said to be pressing ahead with the dam, to be built to supply electricity to Read More…

Reports about further environmental damage along the Mekong River

Travel Daily NewsBy Luc CitrinotJune 29, 2012NGO International Rivers reported in its yesterday edition that controversial construction work goes unabated along the Mekong River with possible irremediable damage for the environment and the ecosystem. And this time the blame is put on Thailand and not on China. The latter is already in the midst of polemics due to a dam construction in the Upper Read More…

Xayaburi Construction Moves Ahead

Radio Free AsiaJune 27, 2012 Work on the Mekong dam in northern Laos has gone beyond preliminary preparations, an environmental group says. An international NGO has said construction on Laos’s controversial Xayaburi hydropower dam is moving ahead despite promises to suspend the project following uproar from neighboring countries and environmental groups. Construction and resettlement Read More…

Laos optimistic on Xayaburi despite stumbling blocks

Bangkok PostBy Nareerat WiriyapongJune 21, 2012The Lao government remains optimistic the construction of the Xayaburi hydroelectric dam on the Mekong River can begin at the end of this year's rainy season and be completed by 2020.Xaypaseuth Phomsoupha, the director-general of Laos's Energy and Mines Ministry, said two separate reports from independent consultants found the US$3.8-billion project Read More…

Resettled Laotians have power supply

Radio Free AsiaBy Parameswaran PonnuduraiJune 19, 2012The World Bank refutes a report which said that some of the villagers who were resettled to make way for the Nam Theun 2 project have no electricity.All the villagers who were resettled to make way for Nam Theun 2, Laos’s largest hydroelectric dam, have received electricity supply, the World bank said Monday, rejecting a report that some of Read More…

President of ICTP urges Mekong region to instill green growth now

eTNJune 15, 2012Professor Geoffrey Lipman, President of the International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP), told delegates from Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and Myanmar that while the projections showed that they will remain one of the fastest-growing regions for tourists in the world for some time to come, they should put in place strong green growth strategies now to get lasting Read More…

Lao dams ‘not well designed’

Radio Free AsiaBy Rachel VandenbrinkJune 13, 2012Hydropower projects on Laos’s rivers have reservoirs that are too small and cause an unsteady water flow, a researcher says.Dams that have been built on the Mekong River’s tributaries in Laos are inadequately designed, causing an irregular water flow that damages river ecosystems, a Lao researcher who studies dams in the hydropower-driven Read More…

Exhibit tackles the Mekong River’s environmental woes

Phnom Penh PostJune 12, 2012The Mekong River, which winds from China through Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, is not just a beautiful natural setting but also a main water source and lifeline for the region’s wildlife and river-dependent communities. After plans for a hydroelectric dam on the Laos portion of the river were announced last year, concerns about the environmental integrity Read More…