(May 12, 2000) Grainne Ryder attended the final consultation of the World Commission on Dams in Vietnam earlier this year. She argued there that donors should not subsidise dam building and that WCD is part of the problem.
NGOs protest against environmental impacts of Asian Development Bank projects
(May 12, 2000) More than 1,000 people met in the Thai city of Chiang Mai prior to the annual general meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to protest against ADB projects and to highlight the bank’s undemocratic methods of operating.
Host country agreement between Lao PDR and ADB
(May 10, 2000) ADB President Tadao Chino and Mr. Bounnhang Vorachith, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) signed yesterday the agreement for the establishment of an ADB Resident Mission in Lao PDR. This will pave the way for the official opening of ADB’s Resident Mission in Vientiane.
ADB protest concludes peacefully
(May 9, 2000) The anti-Asian Development Bank protest dispersed yesterday afternoon without violence, a few hours after the bank’s 33rd annual meeting closed.
Poor exempt from water tax
(May 8, 2000) A long police line seals the entrance to a Chiang Mai hotel as activists protest against the ADB meeting yesterday. Talks to set criteria, but NGOs sceptical.
ADB’s questions and answers re: NGO-related matters
(May 7, 2000) A letter from ADB Vice President Shin accompanies these questions and answers.
ADB letter to Thai NGOs and briefing
(May 7, 2000) Thank you for your invitation to ADB to attend the People’s Forum 2000. I appreciate the final statement of the People’s Forum that you presented to me. I also wish to thank you for allowing me to present President Chino’s letter to the People’s Forum.
Water levy is the last straw
(May 4, 2000) For the past 40 years, countless farm families in Thailand have lost their lands, livelihoods and health through various mega-projects funded by multilateral development banks, including the ADB. But the ADB’s latest scheme to impose water charges on poor farmers is the last straw.
Laotian project revived
(May 3, 2000) The sponsor of the Nam Ngum 3 hydro power project in Laos is moving to kick-start the stalled US$600 million scheme, developed to export its electrical output to Thailand.
(May 2, 2000) The Pak Moon Dam seems to evoke different images to different people, depending on where they stand.
Fishing for power
(May 2, 2000) Were the Pak Moon Dam to continue its existence, subsequent generations of Northeastern villagers may grow up with a tale like this one.
Struggle for a basic right to a livelihood
(April 27, 2000) Patience is running thin at Pak Moon and no one can blame the people there. Not after 12 years of struggles that led to a common conviction: the Pak Moon Dam must go.
Egat, Laos in price deal on dam power
(April 26, 2000) Thai authorities have concluded negotiations on the price of Thai power purchases from the US$1-billion (Bt38 billion) Nam Theun 2 hydroelectric dam, the largest foreign investment project in Laos.
Activists fish for solutions to conflict over Pak Mool dam
(April 21, 2000) Former prime minister Anand Panyarachun joined activists and academics at the Pak Mool dam yesterday in a bid to seek solutions to a decade-long conflict that symbolised the "destruction of the self -sufficient economy".
Let river run free, village leaders say
(April 21, 2000) “Open the gates and the fish will return” People who lost their land and livelihood to the Pak Moon dam will petition the Electricity Generating Authority next month to halt operations and open the gates to let the river run free.