Category: Mekong Utility Watch

Theun Hinboun Power Company displaces Laotian farmers: PI report

(January 22, 2008) The Lao government’s ambition to become one of Southeast Asia’s biggest exporters of hydropower and wood chips is hurting the country’s small farmers and driving young people to neighbouring Thailand in search of better prospects, a recent Canadian-led study has found.

Lao dam impact policies a ‘shambles’

(December 13, 2007) A report by the Nam Theun 2 Power Company’s panel of international experts warns of “significant impoverishment” in hundreds of villages affected by the World Bank’s model dam project, and says more donor aid is needed. Probe International’s Grainne Ryder argues instead that revenues from the Nam Theun 2 dam should go directly to villagers suffering losses caused by the dam’s operations.