(February 24, 2001) Japan may review its seven-billion-yen (US$60.9 million) loan for the Klong Dan wastewater treatment plant in Samut Prakarn, Finance Minister Kiichi Miyazawa said yesterday.
Thai election promises add hurdle to reform
(February 21, 2001) Thaksin Shinawatra’s new Thai-Rak-Thai government shows every sign of attempting to speed up Thailand’sprivatization process, including the sale of thermal generating assets of Electricity Generation Authority of Thailand.
China to prevent pollution, increase hydropower at Mekong River
(February 21, 2001) China has outlined environmental protection and economic programmes to develop the Lancang-Mekong River into a leading international water navigation route.
High dam chosen for Son La hydropower plant
(February 16, 2001) The Government has decided to develop the Son La Hydroelectric Plant with a high rather than low dam, said a senior official of Electricity of Vietnam (EVN), the Ministry of Industry has confirmed the information.
Vietnam highlands remain tense
(February 9, 2001) Vietnamese officials say they have restored calm to the country’s central highlands after the worst unrest for many years. But reports from the area – which has been closed to foreigners – say that tension remains high.
More on highland minority protests in Vietnam
(February 8, 2001) After the largest wave of protests seen in Vietnam in years the army and riot police are patrolling two provinces in the country’s central highlands. Land, religion and corruption fuel discontent among ethnic hill farmers.
Power infrastructure projects in Vietnam fall behind schedule
(February 5, 2001) Electricity infrastructure construction projects in Vietnam are likely to fall behind schedule over the next decade despite unexpected progress last year.
Cashed-strapped Electricity of Vietnam pushes power projects
(February 2, 2001) Electricity of Vietnam (EVN), the cash-strapped state energy monopoly, is seeking additional capital as it pushes to increase power output to meet rising demand state media said Friday.
Rivers Watch East and Southeast Asia Dams Report 2001 (PDF format)
(February 1, 2001) This report provides details of dams planned and under construction in the Greater Mekong Subregion. It includes details about ownership/financing, environmental threats, and public opposition.
Japan MPs cast doubt over aid: May pull the plug on Klong Dan project
(January 23, 2001) During a visit to Klong Dan wastewater site yesterday, two Japanese MPs said they will ask their government to review its foreign aid policy to Thailand.
(January 20, 2001) It was a rare display of togetherness by the tetchy tigers of South- East Asia. On January 15th, the leaders of Indonesia and Singapore threw open the valves on a crucial new pipeline between their countries.
Senators say project is destructive
(January 18, 2001) Senators yesterday denounced the Klong Dan waste water treatment project in Samut Prakan, saying it would destroy the livelihood of a self-sufficient community.
ADB feels pressure over sewage-plant loan
(January 18, 2001) Pressure has grown for the Asian Development Bank to review its Bt4-billion loan to the controversial Klong Dan wastewater treatment plant with more than half of the Senate backing the move because of serious concerns over its environmental impact.
Sold down the river: tribe’s home to be a valley of the dammed
(January 7, 2001) Even in the dry season, and even in this time of war and uncertainty, the Salween River is a majestic waterway. … But now ominous signs have appeared, signs that promise disaster for the people of the Salween and their god.
Asian Development Bank responds to Theun-Hinboun report
(January 1, 2001) Letter from the ADB responding to concerns expressed in Bruce Shoemaker’s December 2000 Theun-Hinboun Report.