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Dams on the Mekong mainstream would destroy fisheries for millions

20 Nov

Building dams on the Mekong mainstream will destroy the Mekong’s fisheries and subject millions of people to food shortages and poverty.
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Laos: Damming the Sekong -­ Norconsult wipes Cambodia off the map

29 Oct

Recent studies of dams in Laos ignore the impacts downstream in Cambodia.
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Laos: Norwegian and Chinese “aid” helps dam the Xeset River

31 May

A Norwegian consulting firm and Chinese construction firm are benefiting from dam-building in Laos. Even if villagers receive compensation, their livelihoods, fisheries and rivers will be irrevocably damaged.
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Laos: Suez Energy International and the Houay Ho dam

27 May

Suez Energy International is avoiding its responsibility for the impacts of the Houay Ho dam.
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Laos: World Bank finances the Nam Theun 2 dam regardless of its own policies

14 Apr

On 31 March 2005, the World Bank’s board approved US$270 million in guarantees and loans for the Nam Theun 2 dam. It did so in breach of its own policies.
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Laos: German NGO letter to State Secretary Erich Stather about Nam Theun 2

22 Mar

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Laos: Nam Theun 2, the World Bank and corruption

19 Mar

The World Bank claims that it has investigated corruption in the Nam Theun 2 project. If everything is so squeaky clean, why won’t the Bank release the reports of its investigations?
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State Secretary Erich Stather’s reply to German NGO letter about Nam Theun 2

13 Mar

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Large dams, climate change and forced evictions

23 Jan

Dam building companies are looking to gain new subsidies through carbon financing. At the same time, they refuse to avoid projects which involve forced evictions.
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Laos: Ongoing problems with the Asian Development Bank’s “successful” Nam Leuk dam

21 Jul

The ADB claims that the Nam Leuk dam is a successful project. Recent research in Laos indicates serious ongoing problems for villagers affected by the project.
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Laos: Dams and the forgotten people of the Boloven Plateau

25 Mar

In 2001, the Belgian company Tractebel bought the Houay Dam in south Laos. For the Heuny and Jrou indigenous people the dam has been a disaster. Tractebel has so far ignored their problems.
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Laos: Vietnamese consortium plans to build six dams in Laos

25 Sep

Vietnam’s dam building boom spreads into neighbouring Laos, despite the serious impact of dams already built in southern Laos.
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Vietnam: Na Hang dam – the reality of sustainable development?

25 Aug

One of the UNDP’s projects in Vietnam is the management of the Na Hang Nature Reserve. Forests in the Nature Reserve are being bulldozed to make way for a hydropower dam, yet UNDP remains strangely quiet.
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Laos: French company pulls the plug on Nam Theun 2

24 Jul

In July 2003, Electricité de France announced that it was pulling out of the Nam Theun 2 dam project in Laos.
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Vietnam starts resettlement to make way for massive Son La dam

25 Apr

The Son La People’s Committee has moved the first 52 people of a total of 91,000 that will be forcibly evicted to make way for the massive Son La dam. At least 13 indigenous groups live in the 275 square kilometres that would be flooded by the reservoir behind the dam.
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Laos: Asian Development Bank to support proposed Nam Theun 2 dam

24 Mar

The Asian Development Bank is considering financing the proposed Nam Theun 2 dam. Although the project may never be built, it has already had serious impacts on people and forests in Laos.
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Skanska pulls out of dam building . . . or does it?

25 Feb

The environment department at Skanska, one of the world’s largest construction firms, announced recently that Skanska is to pull out of dam building. Unfortunately it is not true.
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Laos: Nam Theun 2 dam – Fighting corruption World Bank style

24 Feb

Where has the money that a Lao military logging company made from logging the reservoir area of the proposed Nam Theun 2 dam? The World Bank doesn’t seem to care.
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Laos: The impact of the Nam Theun 2 dam on Indigenous Peoples

25 Sep

More than 130,000 people would see their livelihoods destroyed if the Nam Theun 2 dam were built. The project has already had a serious impact on indigenous communities living in the reservoir area.
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Vietnam: Swedish involvement in dam that will hit Cambodians

22 Jul

The Yali Falls dam has caused devastating impacts on downstream communities in Cambodia. The Vietnamese government is building another dam on the same river, with Swedish help.
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Laos: IUCN’s controversial role in the Nam Theun 2 dam

25 Mar

Until recently, Electricté de France, one of the developers of the Nam Theun 2 dam, was an IUCN “partner in conservation”. Perhaps that explains why IUCN doesn’t oppose the proposed dam.
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Vietnam: Na Hang dam threatens forests, people and wildlife

25 Feb

The Vietnamese government is planning to build a dam inside the Na Hang Nature Reserve.
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Laos: Planned Nam Theun 2 dam leads to increased logging

25 Sep

Instead of providing independent advice on the proposed Nam Theun 2 dam, the International Advisory Group has become a promoter of the project, despite documenting the impacts that project-related logging is having on the forests nearby.
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Strangling the life-source of million: China dams the Mekong

24 May

Something like 60 million people have been evicted from their homes to make way for China’s 22,000 dams. China is adding to the toll by building a series of dams on the Mekong.
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Laos: Cutting the trees to save the forest

25 Mar

For the last decade a military run logging company has been logging the 450 square kilometre reservoir area behind the proposed Nam Theun 2 dam.
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