Vietnam is trying to postpone all hydropower plant projects in the Mekong River for ten years, starting with proposed Xayaburi project in Laos. That’s because the projects would reduce sediment in Mekong Delta and exacerbate the impact of climate change.
Vietnam, Laos, Cambocia and Thailand are in ongoing talks about managing the main source of water for 60% of Vietnam’s population through the Mekong River Commission (MRC). Laos contends the environmental impact of its proposed power plant will be minimal.
Vietnam’s scientists are concerned not only about the Xayaburi project but also about future plants that inevitably would follow — and severely damage Mekong Delta and more than 50 million Vietnamese who depend on it.