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The Mekong, Dammed to Die

In Laos, the lush forests are alive with the whines of drills that pierce the air. On the Mekong, a giant concrete wall rises slowly above the trees. The Don Sahong dam is a strong symbol, not only for a power-hungry Asia but also for ...

Pascal Laureyn

Mega First unit secures RM634m loan for Laos hydro power project

Mega First Corporation Bhd has secured  loan facilities totalling US$150mil or RM634.87mil to part finance the building of its Don Sahong hydropower project in Laos.It said on Tuesday its unit Mega First Investments (L) Ltd had entered into facility agreements with various financial institutions for club ...

Joseph Chin

Striking a balance between conservation and development at the heart of Mekong struggle

Depending on who you speak to, there are naturally differing perspectives in regard to the future of the Mekong River, as most people living along the river look for a sustainable future through conservation of the existing ecosystem, while governments seek balanced resource usage and benefit-sharing ...

The Dammed Don: Lao hydropower project pushes ahead despite alarm from scientists

Snaking down the length of the Mekong River the beautifully detailed map looks strikingly like those marking the distribution of unexploded ordnance in Laos. The red dots that pockmark the course of the river, from its origins in the highlands of China to its outlet ...

As Budget Drops, Commission Prepares for New Laos Dam

The Mekong River Commission is still reeling from the blowback over its handling of the consultation process around the Don Sahong and Xayaburi dams in Laos, both of which are expected to have severe environmental consequences on those living downstream. Now, with its budget slashed—its funding ...

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