On the Radio: The Mekong, Food Security, and Hydropower

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This week Free Speech Radio News’ Ron Corben reported on a four-year study recently released by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. The study concludes that hydropower projects and water pollution pose significant threats to biodiversity and food security in Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. The study was conducted by over 70 scientists and identifies hundreds of animal species that face extinction. The areas in the Lower Mekong Basin threated by the proposed Xayaburi Hydropower Project are highlighted in the report.

International River’s Southeast Asia Program Director Ame Trandem was interviewed for the broadcast.

More information on the IUCN report can be found here.

(Audio courtesy of Free Speech Radio News.)