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Mekong River

Controversial Mekong dam could devastate local population

Environmentalists are again raising concerns about the controversial Xayaburi dam on the Mekong River, saying efforts to make the project in Laos more "fish friendly" are not serious, and employ untested technology.

Saturday, 14 September, 2013, 9:15am

Mekong area as lost third of its forest cover since 1970s, WWF finds

Five Southeast Asian countries have lost nearly one-third of their forests in the last 35 years and could be left with less than a fifth of their original cover by 2030 - with devastating effects on wildlife and humans, a new report suggests.

5 May 2013 - 2:51am

CCTV 'to broadcast live execution of Mekong River massacre drug smugglers'

UPDATED at 2.50pm: The four have been shown on live TV being transported to their place of execution.

1 Mar 2013 - 2:54pm 5 comments

China considered using drone in Myanmar to kill wanted drug lord

The hunt for a Myanmese drug lord wanted for killing 13 Chinese sailors in 2011 could have ended with a drone strike launched on foreign soil, China's top drug tsar told the Global Times newspaper.

20 Feb 2013 - 4:32am 1 comment

China considered drone strike on foreign soil in hunt for drug lord

Liu Yuejin, director of the public security ministry’s anti-drug bureau, said one of the original plans to end the months-long manhunt for drug lord Naw Kham was to strafe a mountain hideout in north-eastern Myanmar using unmanned aircraft.

19 Feb 2013 - 11:44pm 1 comment

Laos may need incentive to stop building Mekong dam

Laos is building the Xayaburi hydroelectric dam to block the Mekong, despite promising its neighbours that share the river it would not. The dam will irreversibly change the nature of the river already under stress from several dams upstream in Yunnan. Cambodia and Vietnam, which lie downstream, pleaded for delay, to no avail, at a recent meeting of the Mekong River Commission, a think tank in all but name.

28 Jan 2013 - 3:04am

Laos' construction of barrage triggers Mekong crisis

The four-nation Mekong River Commission (MRC) that supposedly co-ordinates activity on Southeast Asian's most important waterway faces a credibility crisis over the refusal by Laos to listen to objections to its controversial Xayaburi dam project.

19 Jan 2013 - 2:47am

Letters to the Editor, November 25, 2012

Dam will not disrupt flow of Mekong

I refer to your editorial ("Laos risking decades of co-operation with Mekong dam project", November 17).

In pursuit of its poverty reduction policies and modernisation programmes, the Lao government is developing its hydropower potential for the benefit of its people.

25 Nov 2012 - 2:06am

Finnish firm Poyry defends role in approval of massive dam in Laos

The consulting firm that gave Laos a green light for a controversial dam on the Mekong River, despite objections from downstream nations, is defending its role in the project, even as the Finnish government considers an ethics complaint against the company.

22 Nov 2012 - 3:56am

Laos risking decades of co-operation with Mekong dam project

Agreement between Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam on shared use of the Mekong River has long been hailed by the United Nations as a shining example of resource management. For 55 years, the countries have been able to shelve differences to co-operate and consult on the river's development and use of water and fisheries.

17 Nov 2012 - 1:17am

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