Destruction as Development: Lessons from Pouring Concrete to Save People and the Environment
Thursday, February 08, 2018
William Robichaud, Global Wildlife Conservation In the 1990s, even as the World Bank reeled from criticism of its support for large hydropower projects, it promoted the enormous Nam Theun 2 dam in Laos. Despite international criticism of the project’s likely environmental and social impacts, it was completed in 2010. The World Bank promised that Nam Theun 2 would be a new model of ‘kinder, gentler’ dam, with net benefits for people and the environment. The project failed to achieve either.