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MONGABAY

23 November 2016 / Demelza Stokes

Myanmar, Thailand and China have big plans to harness the Salween’s vast hydro-electric potential, forever changing the river’s vital role in the environment, cultures and economies of the regions it flows through.

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THE NATION

November 22, 2016 01:00  | By THE NATION

THE People’s Network of the Salween River has called for an immediate halt to construction of the Hat Gyi Dam in Karen State, Myanmar.

Representatives from 150 concerned communities in Shan and Karen states attended a seminar at Chiang Mai University on Sunday where Sunnee Chiros, a former Thai human rights commissioner, presented a study she had done, which found that the dam’s environmental impact assessment process was flawed.

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THE DIPLOMAT

Several factors are disrupting the terrain for investment in large hydropower dams, and governments should take note.

By Courtney Weatherby
November 22, 2016

The government of Laos officially submitted the Pak Beng Dam to the Mekong River Commission in mid-November and has begun preparatory work around the future dam site. While this announcement appears to indicate that the government of Laos and international funders for more than 100 hydropower projects are continuing to move full steam ahead despite serious concerns from downstream countries and affected communities, emerging financial risks and regional shifts are increasingly impacting the risk calculus for future projects.

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