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Solutions for the Lower Mekong River
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 5:00pm to Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 6:30pm

SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS SEMINAR SERIES
Join us for a visionary series of free seminars from the Institute for Sustainable Solutions.

Ida Kubiszewski, Institute for Sustainable Solutions (and panel)

Wednesday, October 26
5-6:30 p.m.
Portland State University, Shattuck Hall Annex, 1914 SW Park Avenue (Annex at SW Hall and Broadway)
Free and open to the public.

Eleven hydropower dams are planned for the Lower Mekong River where as it flows through Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, an area rich in biological diversity and the largest freshwater fishery in the world.  The construction would bring new power sources to a rapidly growing region, but at what cost to biological diversity, food sources, and local cultures? A report from the Institute for Sustainable Solutions has outlined an alternative planning approaches for water resources development on the lower Mekong Basin that can better account for all of the ecosystem services that the river provides, and the uncertainty associated with future scenarios of constructing some or all of the dams.

The talk will stream live here.