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Mekong Delta residents object to Don Sahong dam construction

People in the Mekong Delta and scientists have opposed construction of Don Sahong Dam in Laos and other dams on the Mekong River, according to the Vietnam Rivers Network (VRN). Farmers net white-legged shrimp in the Mekong Delta province [...]

Hydropower Projects on the Salween River: An Update (3)

Salween Watch Hat Gyi Dam The Hat Gyi Dam is located in Karen State about 47 kilometers from the Thailand-Burma border. The project is being jointly developed by EGAT International Co and China’s Sinohydro Corporation. With an installed capacity of 1,360 MW, [...]

By |November 14th, 2014|Dams and development projects|

Hydropower Projects on the Salween River: An Update (2)

Salween Watch Nong Pha Dam Located in Shan State, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop the Nong Pha Dam dam project was signed during the trip of Chinese Vice President (and now President), Mr. Xi Jinping, to Burma in 2010. Only [...]

By |November 14th, 2014|Dams and development projects|

Hydropower Projects on the Salween River: An Update (1)

Hydropower Projects on the Salween River: An Update (1) Salween Watch Over the past decade, plans for 13 hydropower projects have been proposed for the Salween River in China and another six in the lower reaches of the river in Burma [...]

By |November 14th, 2014|Dams and development projects|

Dam Projects Ignite a Legal Battle Over Mekong River’s Future (3)

Downstream, a Second Dam Rises By Michelle Nijhuis Photographs by David Guttenfelder About 700 miles (1,125 kilometers) south of the Xayaburi construction site, on the border between Laos and Cambodia, the Mekong roars over a jumble of basalt cliffs, forming [...]

By |September 8th, 2014|Dams and development projects|

Dam Projects Ignite a Legal Battle Over Mekong River’s Future (2)

Court Challenges BY Michelle Nijhuis Photographs by David Guttenfelder In June, the Xayaburi Dam's opponents were strengthened when a Thai national court agreed to hear a lawsuit by 37 villagers who are challenging the Thai government's plans to buy most [...]

By |September 8th, 2014|Dams and development projects|

Dam Projects Ignite a Legal Battle Over Mekong River’s Future 1

Opponents see threats to fish spawning, food supply, and a way of life in Southeast Asia. In northern Laos, a boat heads toward the site of the Xayaburi Dam on the Mekong River. The dam is about 30 percent complete. [...]

By |September 8th, 2014|Dams and development projects|

Troubled waters: the Mekong River crisis

China is bafflingly silent about strange, record-breaking changes that have been wreaking havoc on the mighty Mekong River in recent months, writes Pilita Clark A fisherman on the Mekong River, Vientiane, Laos, April 2014 Den Kroolong got the jolting news in a [...]

By |August 1st, 2014|Dams and development projects, Other News|

Opponents seek to halt dam construction on SE Asia’s second longest river

  Fishermen sail their boats to the bank of the Nu River, also known as the Salween River, near Lushui in southwest China's Yunnan province March 3, 2007. REUTERS/Nir Elias BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Activists, researchers and environmentalists from [...]

A Threat to Cambodia’s Sacred Forests

In a remote valley in southwest Cambodia, an indigenous group fights to protect its homes from the looming construction of a hydroelectric dam. In southwest Cambodia, at the foot of the Cardamom Mountains, is a single dirt road that meanders [...]