The Mekong Project on ‘Improving Hydropower Decision-Making Processes in the Mekong’ (MK8) focused on understanding and improving the ways in which decisions are made with respect to hydropower (HP) location, coordination, development and operation in the Mekong River Basin. The project’s objective was to improve the way decisions are made with respect to dam development, placement, operation and function in the region, encouraging more open, inclusive and transparent decision-making . It was important that these decisions also took into account dam placement within a broader hydrological and social context. MK8 believed that, in this way, decision-making processes could contribute to reducing the negative social and environmental impacts of dam construction and operation in the Mekong Region and, in turn, enhance the benefits.
The project was led by the D Foundation for Doing Good Work, based in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in collaboration with the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences, National University of Laos, the Center for Water Resources Conservation and Development (Vietnam), the School of International Studies, Peking University (China), the GMS Study Centre, Yunnan University (China) and the Department of Environmental Science, Royal University of Phnom Penh.
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