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Controversial Mekong Dam In Laos Faces Economic and Regulatory Hurdles

Via The Third Pole, a report on the controversial Phou Ngoy dam in Laos: The fishing village of Khoen Khen in southern Laos is a quiet place, nestled along the banks of the Mekong River and hemmed by a ridge of mountains. But tranquil as it may now appear, locals say they?re waiting for a […]

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For Thai Fishers Facing Dwindling Catches, A Lao Dam Looms Large

Via Mongabay, a report on the impact that a Laos dam will have upon Thai fishing communities: Laos plans to build a $2 billion, 684-megawatt dam on the Mekong River, just 2 kilometers (1.25 miles) from the Thai border. The proposed Sanakham dam is the latest in a cascade of more than a dozen dams […]

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Saving The Mekong Delta From Drowning

Via Terra Daily, a report on the Mekong Delta: Southeast Asia’s most productive agricultural region and home to 17 million people could be mostly underwater within a lifetime. Saving the Mekong River Delta requires urgent, concerted action among countries in the region to lessen the impact of upstream dams and better manage water and sediments […]

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The Mekong Delta?s Transboundary Water Problems

Via East Asia Forum, a report on the Mekong delta?s transboundary water problems: The Mekong River is the lifeblood of countries in the Mekong region, but the past few years have seen?water flows?recurringly decline and processes of saltwater intrusion accelerating in the Vietnamese Mekong delta. These?transboundary hydrological challenges?have detrimental effects on millions of people living […]

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Laos Pushes Forward With Seventh Mekong River Dam Project

Via The Diplomat, an update on the?Phou Ngoy dam which is one of nine hydropower projects that the Lao government is planning on the mainstream of the Mekong River: Radio Free Asia (RFA)?reported this week?that officials in Laos will soon take an important step forward on a new hydropower project, the seventh large-scale dam project […]

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Hydropower Dams Have Had ?Profound? Impact on Mekong River, Monitor Claims

Via The Diplomat, an article on how a?year of data from the Mekong Dam Monitor shows the extent of the impact on Southeast Asia?s longest river: Hydropower projects, including a spree of mega-dams in China, have had a significant impact on the midstream reaches of the Mekong River, exacerbating drought conditions and altering the river?s […]

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