Dams, which draw electricity from moving water, provide a clean, alternative energy source. When implemented correctly, hydropower becomes a catalyst for a better economy and a better life for people. But when dams are built without environmental or social safeguards, there may be significant consequences.
Doing a Dam Better was produced to share a story of the Nam Theun 2 (NT2) dam in Lao PDR. NT2 has been transformative for Laos. Revenues of its sales are being channeled into development projects in the country. It is expected that NT2 will generate US$2 billion for the Lao Government to invest in education, health, infrastructure and environmental protection programs, largely contributing to poverty reduction in Lao PDR. Nam Theun 2 was able to improve on the experiences of previous hydropower projects, thanks to its focus on smart management, technical expertise, and effective communication.
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