Governments and developers promote large hydropower as clean energy necessary for economic development. In most cases, developers prepare Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs). But rather than raise questions about whether the dam should be built, EIAs become the first step to enable “river grabbing”
The Areng dam in Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains threatens the area’s rich biodiversity. The livelihoods of the indigenous Chong community are at risk, with at least 1,500 people to be relocated. A powerful campaign by nature conservation activists, local communities, youth and others is trying to stop the dam being built.