08 Apr '11, 9am

Activists fight to stop dam across Mekong: A plan for the first dam across the Mekong River anywhere in its mea...

Activists fight to stop dam across Mekong: A plan for the first dam across the Mekong River anywhere in its mea...

A plan for the first dam across the Mekong River anywhere in its meandering path through Myanmar, Laos , Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam has set off a major environmental battle in Southeast Asia. The $3.5 billion Xayaburi dam is slated for the wilds of northern Laos and would generate power mostly for sale to Thailand. The project pits villagers, activists and the Vietnamese media against Thai interests and the Laotian government in its hopes of earning foreign exchange in one of the world's poorest countries. A decision on whether the dam gets the green light, is axed or deferred for further studies is expected April 19 during a meeting in the Laotian capital among Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. Opponents warn it could open the way for 10 more dams being considered along the lower Mekong. "Our lives and livelihoods depend on the health of the Mekong River," said Ka...

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