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Contributions From Our Mekong Region Partners

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Stimson’s Southeast Asia Program is pleased to feature written contributions and videos produced by our regional civil society partner organizations and individuals. The following material presents different perspectives on a variety of important issues relating to security on the Mekong river, including dam construction, water scarcity, economic livelihood, and multilateral cooperation.


The NGO Forum’s Campaign Against Xayaburi

March 22, 2013 | By Chhith Sam Ath and Danny Marks

Since the beginning of 2011, the Rivers Coalition in Cambodia (RCC), led by the NGO Forum on Cambodia, has worked ceaselessly to demand the cancellation of Xayaburi Dam.   RCC has taken this position because the dam will have severe negative impacts upon Cambodians…Read More »


A Cambodian Perspective on Mekong River Water Security

March 29, 2012 | By Vannarith Chheang, Executive Director, Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (CICP)

Water scarcity is getting more serious in the region, as it is driven by population growth, urbanization, industrialization, energy demand and climate change. It is noted that as the economic and strategic value of water is increasing… Read More »



A Vietnamese Perspective on Proposed Mainstream Mekong Dams

December 08, 2011 | By Dao Trong Tu, Ph.D., Center for Sustainable Development of Water Resources and Adaptation to Climate Change (CEWAREC) – Vietnam

Vietnam has many reasons to be concerned about the impacts of China’s massive cascade of dams on the Upper Mekong in Yunnan province and with the dams proposed on the Lower Mekong Basin’s mainstream … Read More »



A Thai Perspective on Proposed Mainstream Mekong Dams

September 21, 2011 | By Teerapong Pomun, Director, Living River Siam – Thailand

The Mekong River is very important for millions of local communities along the mainstream and its tributaries who depend heavily on the river’s natural ecosystem functions.  The health… Read More »

A Thai Perspective



Our Living River: Voices Against Xayaburi

LivingRiverSiam, Uploaded to Youtube March 7, 2012

12 large-scale dams are planned to be built in the Lower Mekong River. One of these, currently the most advanced, is the Xayaburi dam. The issues surrounding this dam are getting increasingly controversial and complicated, due in part to potential cross border impacts…. Watch Now »



Mekong Tipping Point: Vietnamese Language Version

PanNature, Uploaded to Youtube August 3, 2010

This is the Vietnamese version of the 9 minute video analyzing the likely impact of building further dams along the mainstream Mekong dam in Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Featuring Dr. Richard Cronin, Director of the Southeast Asia program at the Stimson Center in Washington, DC, this video looks at… Watch Now »


Special thanks to PanNature for their assistance with translation and dubbing.


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