Lowy Institute Papers | 25 November 2009

The Mekong: River under threat

Dr Milton Osborne evaluates the potentially huge social and environmental risks for the Mekong River and the millions who depend on it for their livelihood of planned dam projects in Laos and Cambodia.

Milton Osborne

Dr Milton Osborne evaluates the potentially huge social and environmental risks for the Mekong River and the millions who depend on it for their livelihood of planned dam projects in Laos and Cambodia.

Milton Osborne

Executive Summary

In this Lowy Institute Paper, our Visiting Fellow, Dr Milton Osborne, evaluates the potentially huge social and environmental risks for the Mekong River and the millions who depend on it for their livelihood of planned dam projects in Laos and Cambodia. The mighty Mekong River is one of the key areas globally for the contest between economic development and social and environmental sustainability and for effective political cooperation between the states of mainland Southeast Asia themselves. In both cases the challenge is not being met.

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The Paper can be downloaded here.