Downstream Impacts

Nam Theun 2 Studies Miss the Boat

Tuesday, February 1, 2005
Project Documents Mask Flaws in World Bank Project A series of technical reviews by independent experts for the Nam Theun 2 Hydropower Project in Laos has revealed serious flaws in the project’s environmental impact assessment and social development plan – flaws which call into question the project’s viability and scale of its impacts.Reviewers note that the project documents lack critical analysis, data and information, and the project’s plans for compensating affected villagers have a high likelihood of failure. The US$1.3 billion Nam Theun 2 Hydropower Project would forcibly displac

Summary of the Nam Theun 2 Independent Technical Reviews

Tuesday, February 1, 2005
Commissioned by International Rivers and Environmental Defense By May 2005, the World Bank and Asian Development Bank are expected to decide whether or not to finance the US$1.3 billion Nam Theun 2 hydropower project in Lao PDR. If completed, the project would displace more than 6,200 indigenous people and negatively affect the livelihoods of up to 100,000 villagers living downstream. The World Bank claims that the project has been carefully planned so that, unlike past hydro projects, people displaced or otherwise threatened will not be left worse off. As well, the Bank claims that the dam&rs

Independent Technical Review: Compensation for Communities Living Along the Xe Bang Fai River

Saturday, January 1, 2005
IRN and Environmental Defense commissioned an indendpdent review of the proposed mitigation and compensation program for the affected villages along the mainstream Xe Bang Fai and its tributaries, as described in the Social Development Plan (SDP). The review found that the program is overly ambitious, poorly reflects actual experience in the region and leaves many questions unanswered. The programme is lacking in detail and no feasibility study has been completed to examine the various recommended options.

Independent Technical Review: NT2 Impacts on Xe Bang Fai Fisheries

Saturday, January 1, 2005
IRN and Environmental Defense commissioned an independent review of the NT2 Environmental Assessment and Management Plan's (EAMP) predictions of fisheries impacts in the Xe Bang Fai river. The review concludes that NT2 is likely to have multiple serious, negative impacts on the aquatic resources of the Xe Bang Fai, Nam Phit and other downstream river basins. The probable result will be, as predicted in the project’s Social Development Plan, a "collapse in the aquatic food chain" from the Nam Phit down to the Mekong confluence. Despite these dire predictions, the EAMP – the document which s

Fluvicide: An Independent Environmental Assessment of Nam Theun 2 Hydropower Project In Laos

Wednesday, September 1, 2004
"Nam Theun 2 is the Laotian version of Thailand’s infamous Pak Mun Dam. UnlikePak Mun, which kills fish and other aquatic organisms only in one river, the Mun, NamTheun 2 hydropower project is brilliantly designed to kill them in three separate rivers: NamTheun, Xe Bang Fai, and Nam Hinboun. No matter how badly Nam Theun 2 turns out,however, the World Bank predictably will represent it as another one of its success stories."

The Environmental and Economic Impacts of the Nam Theun 2 Project on Xe Bang Fai River Communities

Tuesday, March 16, 2004
A paper by TERRA that explains the likely impacts of Nam Theun 2 on the Xe Bang Fai. If built, the Nam Theun 2 Hydroelectric Project in Lao PDR would: completely change the flow of the Xe Bang Fai Rivercause severe impacts on the abundant fisheries and other resources that arefundamental to the food security of hundreds of communitiescause severe impacts on the livelihoods, food security and economy of between 50,000 to 120,000 people living in the Xe Bang Fai River Basin.

The People and Their River

Thursday, November 15, 2001
A Survey of River-Based Livelihoods in the Xe Bang Fai River Basin in Central Lao PDRBy Bruce Shoemaker, Ian G. Baird and Monsiri Baird

A Review of the Theun-Hinboun Power Company's Mitigation and Compensation Program

Tuesday, December 19, 2000
In September, 2000 the Theun-Hinboun Power Company (THPC) released its Mitigation and Compensation Program (MCP) Report. This briefing paper was commissioned by International Rivers Network in order to provide an update on the situation at Theun-Hinboun and to review and provide some analysis of the THPC's proposed Mitigation and Compensation Program.

Trouble on the Theun-Hinboun

Wednesday, April 1, 1998
A Field Report on the Socio-Economic and Environmental Effects of the Nam Theun-Hinboun Hydropower Project in Laos This landmark publication by International Rivers Network was the first report to document the serious impacts of the Theun-Hinboun Hydropower Project on affected communities. The researcher interviewed 60 people in 10 villages on a three day visit to the project area in early March 1998, just months after the project started operation. What was particularly striking about the visits to villages in the project area--whether downstream in the Nam Kading, downstream in the Hai/H


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