Water: Hydropower (Energy)
Governance of large river basins in mainland SEA is being challenged by a significant resurgence in large-scale hydropower projects. The first of 11 mainstream dams on the lower Mekong – Xayaburi – is under construction in Laos with completion scheduled for 2019. The project will join six mega-dams already in operation in the upper part of the Lancang/Mekong mainstream in Chinese territory since the mid-1990s. With six nations sharing the catchment, and over 60 million people living within it, the Mekong basin is now globally one of the most contested transboundary environmental commons.
Progress Report 2018 for Work Package 2