Dam Dilemmas: Competing Priorities for Development of the Mekong River

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Dam Dilemmas: Competing Priorities for Development of the Mekong River

The determination of Laos to go ahead with the construction of two mainstream dams on the Mekong River despite the strong objections of Vietnam and Cambodia is testing the strength and effectiveness of the Mekong River Commission (MRC), established to coordinate the environmentally sustainable and equitable development of the Lower Mekong. To address these urgent issues, the Stimson Center worked with a local partner to convene more than three dozen internationally respected scientists, development experts, civil society advocates, and current as well as former officials in Chiang Rai, Thailand, to discuss finding solutions to competing and mutually exclusive uses of one of Asia's most important water resources. This event discussed the findings of that conference and serve as the official launch for Letters from the Mekong, a new series of issues briefs focused on the critical energy-water-food-livelihood nexus in the Mekong Basin.