The Dilemma Of Hydropower Development On The Mekong

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The Dilemma of Hydropower Development on the Mekong Introduction The Don Sahong Hydropower Project (DSHP) puts Laos under pressure. On one hand, the Lao government seeks the opportunity to boost economic growth through producing and selling the electricity. On the other hand, DSHP raises the transboundary concerns. Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam as stakeholders on the Don Sahong Dam have voiced opposition to the development of the dam. This is because the project will block the main channel for fish migration and reducing the number of fish in the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB) that will threaten the environmental sustainability and fisheries industry. Even though Laos has investigated negative impacts of the DSHP and proposed widening other channels to provide alternative routes, the stakeholders concluded that there is insufficient scientific information available about the alternative routes and the lack of information on possible trans-boundary impacts by the Project (MRC 2014). These challenges clearly display the “wicked problems” because the problems are complex, persistent, decentralized, having multiple stakeholders, evading definitive formulation, and lack if obvious solutions (Howes & Wyrwoll 2012). This essay further suggests the solution for DSPP’s dispute by creating a small dam, conducting further research, forming a treaty. In addition, Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) can be a foundation for better decision-making on sustainable development of all mainstream
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