EP11 Mekong River Part Two: Current Threats and Ways Forward
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"First on air 15 May 2021"

Mekong River is facing imminent threat from adverse impacts of hydropower dams. With the completion of Manwan Dam, the first hydropower dam on the mainstream of Mekong River in China in 1993, the predictable nature of the river has changed forever. But do Mekong countries have to continue building these dams to meet their energy demand? The cost of wind and solar energy and their storage technologies has been falling. This could present a prime opportunity for Mekong countries to replace them with more viable renewable alternatives. Discussing these issues in this episode are Brian Eyler, director of Southeast Asia program at Stimson Center, a nonprofit think tank based in Washington, D.C., and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Le Anh Tuan, senior lecturer at College of Environment and Natural Resources, Can Tho University in Vietnam.