Weston Roundtable

Destruction as Development: Lessons from Pouring Concrete to Save People and the Environment

Thursday, February 08, 2018
4:15-5:15 p.m.
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.