Making Smart Choices for the Mekong

Aviva Imhof, International Rivers
Saturday, October 1, 2005

The Asian Development Bank has spent millions of dollars over the past 12 years on studies investigating energy options in the Greater Mekong Subregion. All of these studies were heavily biased toward promoting a regional grid fueled by hydropower, and none have included a comprehensive options assessment in line with World Commission on Dams recommendations. In this edition of World Reviews Review, Aviva Imhof looks at the mountains of paper from past ADB studies and examines what a true options assessment might look like.