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Mekong diversion under way in Thailand

Date of Release: 
Jan 26 2016

The Thai government’s planned diversion of billions of cubic metres of water from the Mekong River, described last week by a Thai Ministry of Water Resources representative as being as far as two years away, has already begun.

The pumping, which is pulling water from the Mekong and its tributaries into northern Thailand’s Huay Laung basin, began several days ago, according to Thai Royal Irrigation Department spokesman Thanar Suwattana.

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Mekong Countries Voice Major Concerns Over Laos Dam

Date of Release: 
Dec 17 2014

A public consultation organized by the Mekong River Commission was held in Pakse, Laos, last week, where opponents continued to call for Laos to reconsider a controversial dam project.

Malaysia’s Mega First Corporation, a company tasked with building the Don Sahong dam, briefed regional participants on its social and environmental impacts, in the meeting on Friday.

But officials from Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam remain skeptical of their findings of no significant impact or threat to fish population or migration.

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Cambodians oppose Lao dam

Date of Release: 
Sep 11 2014

Cambodians staged a protest Thursday to share the concerns of more than a quarter of a million people who are calling on Laos to suspend construction of the Don Sahong hydropower project on the Mekong River.

At the protest Chhith Sam Ath, country director of the World Wide Fund for Nature, said Don Sahong Dam, a 260-megawatt hydropower project, could bring about the demise of important fisheries and critically endangered Mekong dolphins.

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Mekong commission to discuss dams

Date of Release: 
Apr 2 2014

Activists have urged Cambodia and Vietnam to use the Mekong River Commission's second high-level summit this weekend to take a stand against a controversial dam project in Laos.

The prime ministers of the four member countries - Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam - are to meet Saturday in Ho Chi Minh City to review development projects for the Mekong river, including the divisive Xayaburi dam in Laos.

Activists believe the 3.8-billion-dollar project will destabilise the river’s ecosystem. Developers say however that there are ways to mitigate the dam's environmental impact.

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Laos' trial and error approach threatens the Mekong

Date of Release: 
Nov 14 2013

On Monday, officials and journalists visited the site of the proposed Don Sahong Dam in southern Laos, at the invitation of the Lao Ministry of Energy and Mines and the Lao National Mekong Committee. The visit was an attempt to sell the project to neighbouring countries despite the absence of a regional agreement or proven measures to mitigate environmental or social impacts of the project. International Rivers is concerned that the Don Sahong Dam poses significant risks to the future of the Mekong River and to regional cooperation.

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NGOs threaten to sue over Don Sahong dam

Date of Release: 
Nov 6 2013

Environmentalists and NGOs are threatening to sue developers of a controversial hydropower dam, claiming the project would cause irreversible damage to the Mekong River.

The Don Sahong dam, a 260-megawatt project proposed on a site less than two kilometres north of the Cambodian-Lao border, is expected to begin construction this month.

Members of Save the Mekong Coalition gathered yesterday at a conference urging a moratorium on the dam until further studies could be conducted.

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Lao Govt to enhance 1995 Mekong agreement compliance

Date of Release: 
Nov 4 2013

The government has stepped up plans to enhance its compliance with the 1995 Mekong Agreement by conducting seminars in provinces across the country to disseminate the agreement's content.

Secretary General of the Lao National Mekong Committee Secretariat, Ms Monemany Nhoybouakong, reiterated that the government has attached great importance to sustainable development of the Mekong by observing the agreement, which Laos and other Mekong River Commission (MRC) countries signed.

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