The groundbreaking ceremony for the Xayaburi dam in Laos on Nov 7 marked the symbolic end to a long and contentious international campaign to delay the dam's construction until further studies into its potential trans-boundary impacts were complete.
A group of villagers from Mekong River provinces protests in front of the headquarters of Ch Karnchang, the Thai company contracted to build the controversial hydroelectric Xayaburi dam in Laos. THITI WANNAMONTHA
According to the strategic environmental assessment (SEA) prepared in 2010 on behalf of the Mekong River Commission (MRC), these studies would have taken at least 10 years. But what was really at stake with Xayaburi? What has the debate over this dam taught us? And where do we go from here?
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