Deconstructing Development

The reservoir of Laos’ biggest dam, the Nam Theun 2 hydropower project. (Photo by Marika Samuelsson.)

Facing the reality of hydropower

In recent decades the Mekong region has witnessed a rapid development of large-scale hydropower projects in the name of energy security, economic growth and sustainable development. Yet do these justifications outweigh the social and environmental costs, and are these justifications even genuine?

Environmental Justice

The Loei River runs low in April 2016. This is the expected project location, by Thai Puan village, Chiang Khan District, Loei Province. (Photo by Mai Lan.)

Diverting the Mekong River into Thailand: The Khong-Loei-Chi-Mun project

The Khong-Loei-Chi-Mun project is the latest version of a long history of plans for large-scale irrigation in Northeastern Thailand. Visiting the area, Mai Lan hears how Thailand’s Royal Irrigation Department is pushing ahead with studies, as communities, NGOs, and downstream countries worry about the environmental and social impacts.

Better Ways

Women and the Mekong

Women go fishing in the Mekong River in Kratie province, Cambodia. (Photo by Meach Sary.)

Cambodia’s women fishers concerned about Don Sahong Dam

Women fishers in Kratie Province, Cambodia are concerned about plans for the Don Sahong Dam upstream in Laos. They worry that the river’s fisheries and the endangered Irrawaddy Dolphin will be affected. Working with civil society groups, they have raised their voice through a campaign that has involved both protest and radio shows.

Voices of the Next Generation

Commons Comment

Roadlink_Dawei to Kanchanaburi

ASEAN: How about accountability beyond borders?

Economic growth in Southeast Asia has bought jobs and increased state revenues, but also wrought labour rights violations, community dispossession of land and natural resources, and environmental degradation. Carl Middleton argues that economic reform starts with greater Corporate Accountability, including across borders.

Commons concepts