(December 22, 2000) Following is a letter to the WCD Chair, signed by the ADB President, and information about a workshop organized by WCD at ADB’s headquarters from February 19-20, 2001.
Loan given to build hydropower dam abroad
(December 11, 2000) China’s Exim Bank agrees to provide credit for the construction of the first overseas BOT project by China’s power industry: Kirirom I Hydropower Plant Rehabilitation Project, in Cambodia.
Canada’s Executive Director to ADB responds to Probe International, Re:Samut Prakam Wastewater Plant
(December 7, 2000) Thank you for your fax letter dated 1 December 2000 (received here on 4 December due to the intervening weekend and time difference) concerning the Samut Prakam Wastewater Management Project in Thailand. Your interest in and attention to this ADB project are sincerely appreciated. As the Executive Director for Canada at the ADB, you can be assured that I take very seriously the allegations that you as a Canadian NGO have raised in your letter concerning this project.
Tibet’s biggest hydropower project to go into operation
(December 6, 2000) The first generating unit in a 100,000-kw hydropower project in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region is expected to go in operation and go on stream late this year.
Wastewater plan under fire
(December 3, 2000) This article from a Thai newspaper discusses Probe International’s opposition to the ADB’s wastewater treatment project in Samut Prakan.
A review of the Theun-Hinboun Power Company’s mitigation and compensation program
(December 1, 2000) Report commissioned by the International Rivers Network highlights serious flaws in the Theun Hinboun Power Company’s ten-year plan for managing social and environmental damages arising from the ADB-financed Theun-Hinboun dam in Lao PDR.
Letter to ADB urging investigation into Samut Prakarn Wastewater Management Project
(December 1, 2000) I am writing to urge you, as the ADB Executive Director for Canada, to immediately suspend loan disbursements to the Samut Prakarn astewater Management Project in Thailand and launch an inspection panel investigation into the violation of ADB policies, the contravention of Thai law, and allegations of corruption in connection with the project.
Thai elec generating to up stake in Lao power plant project
(November 28, 2000) Thailand’s Electricity Generating PCL said it plans to increase its stake in Nam Theun 2 Electricity Consortium, a power plant project located in Laos, from 20% to 25%.
Dam ‘villain’ ponders their future
(November 26, 2000) The launch of the World Bank-sponsored World Commission on Dams (WCD) two years ago was seen as the first attempt to review the performance of 1,000 dams in 79 countries.
Laos holds public hearing on controversial dam project
(November 22, 2000) A major obstacle to the proposed 1,069-megawatt, $1.2 billion, Nam Theun 2 dam is the World Bank’s hesitancy to underwrite the project, largely due to environmental concerns.
Gangsters beat up protest villagers
(November 21, 2000) About 200 men yesterday staged a violent raid on a village founded by anti-dam protesters on the crest of the Pak Moon dam in Ubon Ratchathani’s Khong Chiam district.
Dam protesters attacked
(November 20, 2000) Villagers were injured when baton-wielding men forcibly evicted Pak Mool dam opponents from the dam site in Ubon Ratchathani and set fire to their makeshift wooden shelters, witnesses said.
PRESS RELEASE: World Commission on Dams set to release final report tomorrow
(November 15, 2000) Dam Builders Fear Tougher Guidelines, Fewer Subsidies, an End to Large Dams.
China to transfer electricity to Thailand
(November 10, 2000) The power departments of China and Thailand have formally signed an investment agreement on jointly developing Jinghong Hydropower Station in southwest China’s Yunnan Province. Thailand will buy electricity from Yunnan which is rich in hydropower resources.
Government accused of Salween hydropower cover-up during UNESCO visit
(October 17, 2000) Journalist and environmental activist Wang Yongchen says local authorities in the Nu River region in Yunnan province covered up hydropower construction sites during a visit to the area by a delegation from UNESCO.