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The Impacts of Hydropower Dams in the Mekong River Basin: A Review

This paper explores the social and environmental impacts of several Mekong basin hydropower dams and groupings of dams and the geographies of their impacts; the examination of the river system in Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, China, and Myanmar. Evidence shows that these dams and groupings of dams are affecting fish migrations, river hydrology, and sediment transfers. Such changes are negatively impacting riparian communities up to 1000 km away. Because many communities depend on the river and its resources for their food and livelihood, changes to the river have impacted, and will continue to negatively impact, food and economic security. While social and environmental impact assessments have been carried out for these projects, greater consideration of the scale and cumulative impacts of dams is necessary.

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Field Value
Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
  • Environmental impact assessments
  • Fishing policy and administration
  • Hydropower dams
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Cambodia
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Myanmar
  • Thailand
  • Viet Nam
Copyright Yes
Version / Edition 2021
License Creative Commons Attribution
Co-author (individual) Soukhaphon, A.; Baird, I.G.; Hogan, Z.S.
Publication place Basel, Switzerland
Publisher MDPI
Publication date 2021
Pagination 18
Legacy reference document The Impacts_Hydropower Dams_Mekong River Basin.22.01.2021.pdf
Keywords mekong,hydropower,livelihoods,fisheries
Date uploaded January 29, 2021, 04:17 (UTC)
Date modified January 29, 2021, 15:49 (UTC)