Category: Nam Theun

Nam Theun 2 dam will destroy the livelihoods of poor villagers

(November 18, 2004) Ten years ago, the World Bank helped finance Thailand’s Pak Mun dam. Many of our supporters will remember that this mega-dam wiped out a productive fishery, flooded farmland, and impoverished dozens of thriving communities in northeast Thailand. The World Bank promised the villagers fair compensation and new rural livelihoods in model resettlement villages. In fact, the villagers were given mostly barren land, on which they could not survive. Most left the resettlement villages in search of jobs elsewhere.