Controversial Xayaburi Dam and Thailand

Construction work is still under way at the controversial Xayaburi Dam site (including a dyke straddling the Mekong River) despite claims by the Lao government that the work is only preliminary and promises that the project will proceed only with the approval of regional neighbours.

1. This mega structure is a concern within the region as the Mekong River has an environmental and social impact on many nations in South East Asia.

2. When a dam is constructed, there are obvious benefits to Lao society especially when it comes to economical energy, but will leave a regional imprint on nature. I think a regional support system and coordination will greatly help Lao and their quest for safer energy.

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