Over the past two decades, the Lower Mekong Basin has been developing rapidly, which brings a boom in hydropower developments in this region. Hydropower dams generate massive energy, which is crucial for the region’s development. However, it significantly changes the flow regimes and ecosystem of the river. In some cases, it also requires massive displacement of people. There has been heated debate over the trade-offs between the economic benefits from hydropower generation and negative impacts on its ecosystems and livelihoods of the rural poor.
Research at the Institute of Water Policy will systematically study the Lower Mekong region, to provide a governance map of the Mekong River Basin at local, state, and international levels. Listen to Huijuan Wu, a research fellow at the Institute of Water Policy, explain the emerging architecture of Mekong governance, known as the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Mechanism (LMCM). Launched in 2015, it is a landmark agreement signalling China’s active engagement in transboundary cooperation on Mekong’s water governance.
Huijuan Wu discusses the Mekong Water Governance project.