Laos Dam Investment Monitor (LDIM)

Laos Dam Investment Monitor (LDIM) is the network of people/citizen who is interested in the issue of hydropower dam and Lao PDR. The network was established on the 28th July 2018, five days after the incident of the Xe Pian-XeNamnoy Dam collapse in Lao PDR. The network of activists and individual from different background ranging from local community people, students, academia and the activist of all issues are mostly base themselves in the countries with the actors that are involved with the hydropower business in Laos. LDIM's associate members also come from countries with the large-scale hydropower dam and they recognize well for the impacts of the dam. 

LDIM understand that in Laos PDR, the Mekong mainstream and her enormous tributaries are mostly full of hydropower dam projects and plans. LDIM members are interested in gaining the understanding of the issues in relating to the investment and investors on Laos dams, their ideology, and their operation. The actors we are studying about are including different actors including private companies, commercial banks, and the government of the countries that provide support to the projects. LDIM interest is also cover the regional and national energy plans, and the operation of the energy authorities in Laos and in the region. 

LDIM commit to playing the role of the study, analyze, and advocacy network and hope to keep inviting more people to join. We hope that our work will be able to gain more open discussion that base on the facts from the groups with knowledge from a different level and disciplinary. By listening to the voice of the people on the ground, reflections from the public, we also hope that the investors and actors involved in the Laos Dam business will pay more attention to this business that very much relates to the people' livelhood, rivers, natural resource that, even locate within one country such as Laos, but the impacts will link directly to other countries and the resources that shared by many more.   

Project SEVANA's coordinator is the coordinator of LDIM. LDIM is now working closely also with the alliance task force in Korea, namely the Coordinated Response Team of the Korean Civil Societies for the Xe Pian-Xe Nam Noy Dam Collapse (Korea Task Force).

See some activities of LDIM below, and also at LDIM in Korea and Videos (SEVANA/LDIM)

More news and updates for LDIM can be found at

Visit the campsite of Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy dam collapse

The picture of a visit of Laos Dam Investment Monitor (LDIM) to the campsite of Xe Pian-Xe Namnoy in Attapeu Province, Lao PDR.   


Video from the live-stream of the workshop Hydropower dams: Role and Responsibility of governments, investors and regional platform in ASEAN, 3 November 218, ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN Peoples’ Forum (ACSC/APF) in Singapore and

Broken Dams, Broken System: Civic Engagement, Social Responsibility, and Alternatives to Dams 

24th October 2018 14:00-16:00

Venue: Subaltern Meeting Room, Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University

— at RCSD The Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development

Southeast Asian states deregulate their borders to welcome a broad range of foreign investments and establish laws and regulations to facilitate those investments. In particular, hydropower has increased foreign investment and foreign development aid to support the construction of dams. 

This has led to community “counter-movements” in areas affected by hydropower dams, as seen in Xe Pian Xe Namnoy dam collapse in 2018, Yali dam collapse in 2004, Lower Sesan 2 resettlement and compensation, and more. Local communities are calling for protection and sustainable livelihoods; local NGOs have vocalized their demands.

In this event, we look at the future of civic engagement in decision-making processes on hydropower regimes in Southeast Asia. Ms. Premrudee Daoroung from Project SEVANA South-East Asia/Laos Dam Investment Monitor will provide insights into the relevant stakeholders and their roles in hydropower investment in Southeast Asia. 

Dr. Ta-Wei Chu, a lecturer at the Department of Social Science and Development at Chiang Mai University and Mr. Sipha Chanthavong, PhD Candidate, Chiang Mai University, will share his views on the roles of academics in dam issues and civic engagement in dam projects. 

Prof. Philip Hirsch will discuss the social, environmental and legal implications of hydropower dams in Southeast Asia. 

The public forum “The solution for Environmental problems in Northeastern Thailand: In the linkage of the upcoming election”, Organised by the Isaan Record at Ubon Ratchathani Province 11 October 218

Video (some part) of the presentation in