Laos’s latest dam project sets of alarm bells about the Mekong’s health

The government is aiming for a dam that can produce 1,460 megawatts of electricity for export to Thailand and Vietnam. Construction is expected to begin in late 2020 or early 2021. Critics want data on its economic, environmental and social impact.

The imposing dam Laos wants to build in the northern province of Luang Prabang threatens the Mekong River and the survival of the millions of people who depend on it, this according to various civil society groups who raised concerns at 9th  MRC Regional Stakeholder Forum, held in the city of Luang Prabang on Wednesday and Thursday.

Organised by the Mekong River Commission (MRC), the meeting brought together activists, academics, private sector representatives and investors as well as government officials from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.

Participants focused on Laos’s latest hydroelectric venture and the progress in the Mekong Basin Development Strategy 2021-2030. The consultation process is set to end in April.

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