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Author Cronin, Richard, author

Title Letters from the Mekong : obstacles to equitable hydropower development planning in the lower Mekong basin / by Richard Cronin and Courtney Weatherby
Published Washington, DC : Stimson, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (18 pages) : illustrations
Series Letters from the Mekong
Letters from the Mekong
Contents Introduction. -- Shared river, shared future. -- Where to go from here? -- Endnotes
Summary This issue brief discusses the current status of hydropower planning, development, cooperation and decision-making in the Mekong Basin. Hydropower dams, especially large dams on major tributaries and mainstreams, have long been highly controversial because of their negative impact on other components of the water-food-energy-livelihoods 'nexus.' Growing pressures by governments and commercial developers to build up to 11 dams on the mainstream of the Lower Mekong have roiled the Mekong River Commission (MRC), an intergovernmental body created by Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam in a 1995 treaty to promote cooperation on the sustainable and equitable use of the Mekong River's mainstream. Without a more clear and binding process to address development disputes, the MRC faces complete marginalization of the organization and the Mekong basin will become an uncoordinated rush by commercial developers to build as many as seven more mainstream dams on the Lao and Lao-Thai stretches of the river and two more under consideration by Cambodia. The cumulative impact of even some dams will put at risk the food security and livelihoods of tens of millions of people
Notes "September 2014"--Cover
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Online resource; title from PDF cover page (Stimson, viewed December 14, 2014)
Subject Dams -- Mekong River -- Planning -- Congresses
Energy industries -- Southeast Asia -- Planning -- Congresses
Hydroelectric power plants -- Mekong River -- International cooperation -- Congresses
Water-supply -- Mekong River Watershed -- Congresses
Watershed management -- Southeast Asia -- International cooperation -- Congresses
Dams -- Planning.
Energy industries -- Planning.
Watershed management -- International cooperation.
Mekong River Watershed.
Mekong River.
Southeast Asia.
Form Electronic book
Author Weatherby, Courtney, author
Henry L. Stimson Center, publisher
Mahāwitthayālai Mǣfā Lūang. Institute for the Study of Natural Resources and Environmental Management
Other Titles Obstacles to equitable hydropower development planning in the lower Mekong basin