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Damming the Mekong: Xayaburi dam

The mighty Mekong River flows through six nations -- and many millions of people rely on it, directly and indirectly, for food and their livelihoods. But this region of the world also urgently needs energy to power economic development. For the Mekong countries it presents a difficult choice: building hydro-electric dams on the Mekong will risk profound changes to a major ecosystem. Thitarat Sriwattanapong is researching the future of the Mekong River and understands better than most, the dilemmas that dam projects on the river pose to the ambitions of the region.


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