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Controversial project will spark water conflicts along Mekong, Environmentalists and NGOs say

The consulting firm that gave Laos a green light for a controversial dam on the Mekong River, despite objections from downstream nations, is defending its role in the project, even as the Finnish government considers an ethics complaint against the company.

Critics including environmental groups and other NGOs have slammed the Finnish firm, Poyry, after it issued a report that concluded the Xayaburi dam project was in compliance with Laos’ obligations to fellow members of the Mekong River Commission, the international body that oversees the crucial waterway.

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