Mekong River Commission “Sidelined”: Critics

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An Associated Press article by Stephen Wright takes a look at the track record and status of the Mekong River Commission, which was formed in 1995:

Pic source: AP via 'Japan Times' website

Pic source: AP via ‘Japan Times’ website

When Western governments began pouring money into the Mekong River Commission, they hoped it would help four Southeast Asian countries cooperate in responsibly managing one of the world’s great rivers.

Two decades later, they have a surfeit of disregarded reports to show for the $320 million they spent, and a cascade of hydro power developments that benefit the narrow interests of dam builders but are ravaging the river basin, a crucial source of rice, fish and livelihoods for 60 million people.

Critics say the commission, formed when Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand signed the Mekong River Agreement in 1995, has been sidelined by those governments. The four countries are more at odds than ever over use of the 4,800-kilometer-long (3,000-mile-long) river that begins in Tibet and snakes through their territories.

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