Earth Reporters | 5 Damming the Mekong

The mighty Mekong River flows through six nations – and many millions of people rely on it, directly and indirectly, for food and their livelihoods. But this region of the world also urgently needs energy to power economic development. For the Mekong countries it presents a difficult choice: building hydro-electric dams on the Mekong will risk profound changes to a major ecosystem. Thitarat Sriwattanapong is researching the future of the Mekong River and understands better than most, the dilemmas that dam projects on the river pose to the ambitions of the region.

TAGS: energy & fuel oceans rivers & seas science & technology

Films in this series

Earth Reporters | 1 Beating Plague

How veterinary science and international cooperation finally defeated rinde ...
Earth Reporters | 2 My City Your City

St Louis, Senegal, is the city most threatened by rising sea levels in Afri ...
Earth Reporters | 3 Sea Change

Reveals the revolution in our understanding of the science of the seas. ...
Earth Reporters | 4 Burning Questions in the Freezing Cold

Following scientists gathering data from the Arctic ice. ...
Earth Reporters | 5 Damming the Mekong

Examines the pros and cons of a new dam now being constructed on the Mekong ...