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Dam Controversy: Remaking the Mekong
Located in Southeast Asia, the Mekong is the 7th longest river in Asia and the Mekong basin is one of the richest areas of biodiversity in the world which includes 20,000 plant species, 430 mammals, 1,200 birds, 800 reptiles and amphibians, and over 850 fish species.

The tiny village of Pak Lan in northern Laos may soon be disappearing and its people relocated. A proposed dam will need to move it and 18 other nearby villages because they will be partially or fully submerged if the Xayaburi dam is built. The dam will generate 1260 megawatts of power, which will earn the developer between $3 and $4 billion a year. If the Xayaburi dam is built, it will set a precedent for 10 other hydropower dams proposed for the main stem of the river turning nearly 55% of the river into slow-flowing reservoirs.

Over the opposition of environmental groups, such as International Rivers and the Cambodian and Vietnamese governments, the construction of the giant dam deep inside Laos, is continuing. The Thai government, who will benefit greatly by importing around 95% of the produced electricity, is defying an agreement by the Mekong River Commission Council to halt construction until a more complete study of the dam can be completed.

 
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