Field Report on Impacts of Nam Song Project

Completed in 1996, the Nam Song Diversion Dam was funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) at a cost of US$31.5 million. It was designed to divert water to the Nam Ngum reservoir to increase the generating capacity of Nam Ngum Dam. The impacts caused by the project include severe declines in fisheries for over 1,000 families and loss of boats and fishing nets, loss of agricultural land through flooding or erosion, and lack of clean washing and bathing water.

So as to determine whether the ADB and the Government of Laos have recognized the extent of the impacts caused by the Nam Song Diversion Project and whether the ADB and the Government of Laos have taken any action to mitigate these impacts and alleviate the suffering of people affected by the Nam Song project, field research in 10 villages in the project area was conducted in early 2006. Dowload the full report here.

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