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What’s the Deal With the Xayaburi Dam?

Posted in Economics, Society with tags , , , , , , on April 21, 2011 by Ian Pham

Much controversy has been raised over a new construction project based in the heart of the Mekong Delta.  The Xayaburi Dam, a project under consideration between Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam, and will be taking place in the Xayaburi province of Laos.  If approved, this construction project will be the first of many within the Mekong River, something that the inhabitants strongly disapprove of.

The problems associated with the dam’s construction mainly involves the strong chance of environmental destruction and loss of natural life in the area.  If built, many argue, the dam would end up killing many species of fish and other aquatic lifeforms of that habitat.  Not only will this result in the extinction of many of these species, but will deprive the inhabitants of that region of their food supply, and see the destruction of many of their homes as well.

The Mekong River is a natural habitat to many diverse species of animals and plants, more importantly, it is the home of many different cultural peoples.  Natives and minority groups from Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand all rely on the resources of the Mekong Delta to support their ways of life.  The construction of this dam threatens the very livelihood of all these peoples.  That is why the construction of the Xayaburi Dam should not be approved by us.  To defend the natural beauty of the Mekong River, and to defend the inhabitants of this River, we must not support the construction of this dam.