Will Dams Turn Vietnam’s Delta into a Desert?

Vietnamese scientists are quantifying the impact on the Mekong River Delta of 12 hydroelectric power projects  proposed upstream on the 3,000-mile river that is home to 60 million people in six countries.

They say the projects would end up supplying less than 5% of Vietnam’s electricity demand in 2025 and would exhaust the delta region in the process — eliminating $1 billion in revenue for millions of fishing families and $2 billion in food production and aquaculture.

Exports also say the dams would help cause the Mekong River Delta to sink below sea level, making it difficult to find a “win-win” solution because the region currently provides seven million tons of rice and more than  four million tons of fish.

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