The Promise and Pitfalls of Hydropower Development Along the Mekong River

The collapse of a damĀ in southeastern Laos triggered massive flooding that killed dozens and displaced thousands of people, bringingĀ a renewed focus on hydroelectric dams in mainland Southeast Asia. In an email interview, Diana Suhardiman, a senior researcher at the International Water Management Institute, discusses the trade-offs associated with large-scale dam projects.

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