Photo of Nam Theun 2 reservoir by NJ Enfield
Periodic updates and news on Nam Theun 2
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As debates intensifies over whether hydropower qualifies as "sustainable" energy, increasing attention is being given to greenhouse gas emissions from hydropower dams. Unfortunately, this was not an issue we were able to cover in Dead in the Water. However, this 2013 article from Asia Times specifically addresses GHG emissions from the Nam Theun 2 reservoir and is worth a read.
Southeast Asia Globe today published this article and interview by Mark Tilly about Dead in the Water.
We now have 4000-word briefing papers summarizing Dead in the Water and its findings available in Burmese, Khmer, Thai, and Vietnamese. These briefing papers have recently been released to civil society groups in the region. If you would like copies of any of these papers, you can request them from "email@example.com"
October 20 - 25
In the wake of the book launch activities for Dead in the Water in Thailand, a number of articles have been published, in both the English and Thai language press. These include:
A Voice of America article written by David Boyle
An article in the online journal DEVEX by Kelli Rogers.
Asia Times article on Xe Pian Xe Nam Noy and NT2
Khao Sod (Thai language)
October 10, 2018
The French aid agency AFD, which has long supported Nam Theun 2 and has now initiated a new project of assistance to NT2 resettlers, published this article titled "Nam Theun 2: An Exemplary Hydropower Project" on its website. The article is in French but you can put it into Google translate to read in English.
September 28, 2018
The World Bank today issued a press release following the release of the International Environmental and Social Panel of Experts Report #28 on Nam Theun 2. The update notes that, following the Panel's recommendation, the Resettlement Implementation Program was officially closed in July, 2018.
August 18, 2018
An article on the Voice of America website, "Laos Bullish on Dams Despite Fatal Catastrophe", mentions Dead in the Water and the concerns over the issue of international donor support for hydropower in Laos.
August 3, 2018
The online academic website New Mandala today published a commentary piece by Dead in the Water co-editor Bruce Shoemaker which links the promotion of hydropower in Laos by the World Bank and other international donors to the Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy dam collapse catastrophe.
July 26, 2018
An article in the New York Times today about the tragic Xe Pian-Xe Nam Noi dam collapse referenced Dead in the Water. An online newsite, The Daily Kos, also covered the issue later the same day.
June 28, 2018
The long delayed 27th Report of the NT2 International Social and Environmental Panel of Experts (the PoE) was release today. It confirmed that the POE refused to sign off on a closure of the Resettlement Implementation Period at the end of 2017 due to outstanding concerns. The report indicates the POE hopes to be able to sign off on program closure in mid-2018 if it can confirm that these issues have been addressed in a subsequent visit. It is unclear why the World Bank closed the NTSEP at the end of 2017 when the closely linked Resettlement Implementation Period is continuing until at least mid-2018.
June 26, 2018
Today the University of Wisconsin Press formally published Dead in the Water. The publication was accompanied by a blog post on the UWP website.
June 19, 2018 — International Rivers/Mekong Watch release NT2 statement and field report
International Rivers and Mekong Watch today released a statement on the closure of the World Bank's Nam Theun 2 Social and Environmental Project noting ongoing failures to address its sustainability objectives.
The field report upon which the Mekong Watch/International Rivers statement was based is available for downloading.
April 17, 2018 — World Bank closes Nam Theun 2 Project
According to a press release on the World Bank website posted in April but dated January 30, the Bank closed its Nam Theun 2 Social and Environmental Project at the end of 2017 "as scheduled".
This is following a two-year delay. The project was originally scheduled to close at the end of 2015 but the project's independent Panel of Experts refused to sign off on closure due to numerous concerns about ongoing problems with the social and environmental aspects of the project. At the time of this announcement, the Panel of Experts Report #27 (based on a field visit in November, 2017) upon which the decision to close the project was supposed to be informed, had still not been released to the public.