u/s navigation lock. intermediate block. The Mekong River Commission has been bedeviled by its inability to reconcile a number of high-profile conflicts among its member states over hydropower development, including most recently Xayaburi and Don Sahong, which are the first two of eleven Mekong mainstem dams to be realized. Through the MRC, the governments of Cambodia and Vietnam expressed grave concerns about the dam’s impacts. transmission line 115kv. In 2013, work might advance on two other Mekong mainstream dams—the Don Sahong and the Pak Beng Dams. 500kv takeoff yard. pump station 2. fish collecting gallery. 115kv takeoff yard. The Xayaburi dam irreversibly destroys livelihoods and ecosystems along the Mekong River, a life-giving vein of Southeast Asia. fish ladder. The Xayaburi Dam has set a dangerous precedent that could undermine future cooperation. project features. The Xayaburi Dam also sets a dangerous precedent for dam-building along the Mekong River. transmission line 500kv. The Xayaburi dam was also the first project to undergo the official Mekong River Commission (MRC) prior consultation process required for all mainstream dams under the 1995 Mekong Agreement. Eleven dams are proposed for the Lower Mekong River, nine of them in Laos. Description: The Mekong River, a vein of life in Southeast Asia, is among the most bio-diverse rivers in the world and a central livelihood source of tens of millions of villagers living nearby. Unless reforms are made quickly, disagreements over the Mekong dams could escalate into a conflict with serious economic and political implications. According to a Strategic Environmental Assessment published by the Mekong River Commission in 2010, these dams would together affect millions of people living across the river basin. …