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Destructive Mekong Dams: Critical Need for Transparency  

Destructive Mekong Dams: Critical Need for Transparency

THE once war-ravaged Mekong River Basin is under new assault by the relentless forces of development and globalization, with energy-hungry China leading the charge. Also known as the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), the basin encompasses significant parts of China?s Yunnan Province and five downstream Southeast Asian countries ? Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. The Mekong remains one of the world?s least developed major river systems, but this is rapidly changing. The rush to exploit the river system?s huge hydroelectric power potential has created a dire threat to the unique monsoon ?flood pulse? hydrology of the river system and the exceptionally rich biodiversity that it sustains.

Published by: The Henry L. Stimson Center -
Uploaded on: Apr 2011
File size: 46 KB - Language: English
Keyword(s): Environment
Category: Environment

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