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
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China's expansion
Battery of Southeast Asia
Development at what cost, and at whose expense?
What's in the Mekong's future?
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