History

Dam if you do, dam if you don’t

Hydropower in the Mekong

by Pei Ying Loh

Hydropower is the most significant development on the Mekong since the Vietnam War. A clean and renewable source of energy, hydropower is a convenient solution to the region’s growing need for industrialisation. Unfortunately, it has also become a major threat to the river’s longevity and sustainability. Why is this so, and how did it happen? Using a series of maps, we seek to understand the Mekong’s past, and the implications of these developments for its future.

About the Mekong
Mekong: river of life

Fishing activity along the Mekong.

Hydropower in the Mekong
Regional cooperation and international politics
China's expansion
Battery of Southeast Asia
Impact?
Development at what cost, and at whose expense?
What's in the Mekong's future?
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Pei Ying Loh / Head and Co-Founder

Pei Ying wears many hats in Kontinentalist. She leads the company in achieving its overall business and editorial goals, making strategic business development plans, and managing partnerships. Her background and passion for history is the driving force behind many of her stories, which delve into cultural and historical contexts. In her free time, she is likely tending to her veggie garden, cooking, or cuddling her two fat cats.

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