2 May 2013 - 08:20 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
Bangkok, thailand — Critical natural resources, particularly forests, the Mekong River and its tributaries and many species of flora and fauna are threatened by the rate and type of development in the Greater Mekong S
17 Apr 2013 - 07:56 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
Vietnam, HANOI — Ecosystems in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta have already suffered damage due to exploitation of resources, and plans for large dams will only increase the level of damage, according to more than 200 exper
22 Mar 2013 - 06:48 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
vientiane, laos — The Laotian government last week invited journalists to the site of the controversial $3.5 billion USD Xayaburi Dam for tours, interviews, and the release of a report all claiming that the Mekong R
14 Mar 2013 - 07:56 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
vientiane, laos — Senior government officials from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam met this week in the Lao capital, Vientiane, for a series of "summits" meant to increase discussion on regional cooper
26 Feb 2013 - 10:42 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
Vietnam, HANOI — If the hydropower projects planned within the Mekong River basin are completed, they will accumulate as much as 16 percent of the river’s water volume, or 475 billion cubic meters a year, accordi
12 Feb 2013 - 09:49 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
vientiane, laos — Laotian authorities last week signed an updated eight-year-old deal with Russian investor Regional Oil for construction of three hydropower projects on Mekong River tributaries.
21 Jan 2013 - 10:15 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
laos, LUANG PRABANG — During the 19th Mekong River Commission Council meeting last week in Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and other participants challenged Laos’ efforts to construct the controversial $3.5 billion USD Xayaburi
16 Jan 2013 - 02:19 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
Bangkok, thailand — Ministers from member countries of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) and donors started a two-day meeting in Luang Prabang Laos on January 16.
19 Dec 2012 - 10:07 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
Vietnam, HANOI — Up to 60 percent of Vietnam’s 840 billion cubic meters of surface water originates in foreign countries upstream, making the country highly vulnerable to pollution and water use issues in nearby na
15 Nov 2012 - 09:51 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
HELSINKI, Finland — Global consulting and engineering firm Pöyry’s energy business group has won the technical consulting contract for the Laotian government’s controversial $3.5 billion USD Xayaburi hydropower.
12 Nov 2012 - 11:17 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
MANILA, Philippines — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) last week announced an $87.39 million USD loan and grant package to Laos and Vietnam for flood an
8 Nov 2012 - 01:00 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
Malaysia, SANDAKAN — Environmental activists representing 11 Southeastern Asian nations have critized Malaysia’s plans to build 12 mega-dams in Sarawak state, citing the “inefficiency, failure and destruction” of simil
6 Nov 2012 - 11:56 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
vientiane, laos — On the same day that Thailand’s government come out in support of Laos’ decision to immediately begin construction of the controversial Xayaburi Dam on the Lower Mekong River, international environ
5 Nov 2012 - 10:00 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
vientiane, laos — Thai activists are planning “a flotilla protest” against Laos’ controversial Xayaburi Dam on the Mekong River during this week’s 9th Asia-Europe Meeting Summit in Vientiane.
1 Nov 2012 - 00:00 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
HELSINKI, Finland — Finland’s government has declared its intention to scrutinize the role of Finnish engineering firm the Pöyry Group in the divisive Xayaburi Hydropower Project on the Mekong River in Laos.
26 Oct 2012 - 08:53 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — South Korean builder SK Engineering and Construction and state-run Korean Western Power have won a $1 billion USD contract to build and operate a hydropower plant in Laos, an official said on Octob
26 Oct 2012 - 09:19 by Local Press Report
PHNOM PENH (The Phnom Penh Post ) — The Asian Development Bank is considering providing funds to a controversial 400 megawatt dam project in Laos that could have adverse impacts on the Mekong River in downstream Cambodia. Cons
22 Oct 2012 - 00:00 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
vientiane, laos — Laos has placed trust in unproven technology offered by “its hired-gun consultants,” the Finnish-Swiss company Pöyry and the French company Compagnie Nationale du Rhone, activist Ame Trandem told
17 Sep 2012 - 08:05 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
vientiane, laos — Laos’ energy minister announced last week that the country will sell energy supplied by the controversial Xayaburi Dam to Cambodia.
11 Sep 2012 - 10:57 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
Bangkok, thailand — The Laotian government has said as few as 2,000 people will have to be relocated in order to construct the controversial $3.5 billion USD Xayaburi Dam across the main stem of the Lower Mekong River
6 Sep 2012 - 00:00 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
Bangkok, thailand — The Laos government on September 4 denied it had started building a second dam on the Mekong River, according to a Radio Free Asia report.
5 Sep 2012 - 00:00 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — A new report casts doubt on the sustainability of some planned Cambodian hydropower dams.
30 Aug 2012 - 00:00 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
vientiane, laos — Vietnam and Laos on August 28 signed an agreement to build two hydropower plants in two southern Lao provinces.
28 Aug 2012 - 10:00 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
Sweden, STOCKHOLM — Hydropower dams planned for the lower mainstem of the Mekong River could decimate fish populations and with them the primary source of protein for 60 million people, according to a new study by int
20 Aug 2012 - 00:00 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
Vietnam, HANOI — Vietnamese experts last week reiterated their call for a moratorium on dam-building on the Mekong River, saying that the lives of as many as 60 million people would be adversely impacted by those d
17 Aug 2012 - 00:00 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
United Kingdom, BATH — Some of Asia’s key growth economies have the highest financial risk from natural disasters due to the high exposure of their cities and trading hubs to events such as flooding, earthquakes and cycl
17 Aug 2012 - 00:00 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
vientiane, laos — Work has started up again on a controversial $3.5 billion USD dam across the Mekong River in Laos, the project’s Thai developer said yesterday, despite Laotian claims it had been paused after compl
9 Aug 2012 - 00:11 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
Bangkok, thailand — Myanmar and Thai health authorities are cooperating on efforts to contain the spread of malaria and dengue fever along the two countries' border after a severe outbreak of the two diseases was dete
8 Aug 2012 - 11:32 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
Bangkok, thailand — In another attempt to block Laos’ construction of the controversial $3.6 billion USD Xayaburi Dam on the Mekong River, a group of 37 Thai villagers on August 7 filed a lawsuit in Administrative Cou
2 Aug 2012 - 09:35 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Local NGO the Rivers Coalition in Cambodia have urged Thailand and Laos to scrap their agreement for Thailand to purchase power produced by the Xayaburi Dam in Laos.
30 Jul 2012 - 11:24 by OOSKAnews Contributor
Vietnam, QUANG NINH — Representatives of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), met last week in Vietnam’s Quang Ninh province to evaluate and discuss cooperative water resources management initiatives, inc
26 Jul 2012 - 09:06 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
Bangkok, thailand — Thai villagers from eight Mekong provinces are planning to take the government to court over Laos’ controversial Xayaburi Dam project.
18 Jul 2012 - 00:00 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
Bangkok, thailand — Laotian Foreign Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has announced that construction of the controversial Xayaburi Dam has been supended, pending completion of further environmental studies.
11 Jul 2012 - 00:00 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
vientiane, laos — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday (10th July) pressed the Laotian government to carry out more studies on the controversial Xayaburi Dam project on the Mekong River.
2 Jul 2012 - 00:00 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Cambodian villagers protested on June 29 against a divisive hydropower dam in Laos that campaigners say is being built in defiance of a pledge to first gauge its possible harmful impact on millions
25 Jun 2012 - 00:00 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
Vietnam, HANOI — Laos has promised to work closely with other countries on sustainable use of the Mekong River as a water resource, with special attention to environmental impacts.
15 Jun 2012 - 00:00 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
vientiane, laos — Dams constructed on Mekong River tributaries in Laos are poorly designed, leading to erratic water flow that harms the river’s environment, according to a Lao scientist who analyzes dams in the h
8 Jun 2012 - 00:00 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
Vietnam, HANOI — Vietnam may soon face a water crisis due to poor management of its resources, according to a new report released this week by Vietnamese not-for-profit environmental organization PanNature.
23 May 2012 - 10:11 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
washington, dc, united states — Environmental conservation groups, including WWF and International Rivers, have come out in the last week with criticism over a new Laotian government report that claims a redesigned Xayaburi Dam
17 May 2012 - 09:12 by Local Press Report
vientiane (Radio Free Asia) — The Xayaburi Dam on the Mekong River may have to be redesigned to avoid any adverse impact on the environment, a senior Lao official says, citing a French study amid opposition to the project by