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Since the 1950s, dam building in the Mekong river basin has been enmeshed in a complex and shifting geopolitical and eco-political landscape. The broad geopolitical sweep of US hegemony, Cold War, regional rapprochement and the rise of China has been superimposed on ecopolitical shifts between modernist belief in progress as mastery over nature, concerns of global and national environmental movements over dams and their impacts, and a galvanised Mekong environmentalism. During the first decade of the 21st century, mainstream dams on the Lower Mekong have returned to the agenda after having almost disappeared in favour of tributary projects.

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Field Value
Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
  • Environment and natural resources
  • Renewable energy production
  • Water policy and administration
  • Water resources
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Cambodia
  • Viet Nam
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Thailand
  • Myanmar
  • China
Copyright Unclear copyright
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Water Alternatives distributes under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial License 3.0.

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License CC-BY-4.0

Philip Hirsch,

Author (individual) Hirsch, Philip
Publication date 2015
Pagination 12 p.
General note

Water Alternatives Volume 3, Number 2, 312-323

Date uploaded June 2, 2015, 08:12 (UTC)
Date modified June 24, 2015, 04:44 (UTC)