Somsavat Lengsavad

NGOs Push for Postponement of Don Sahong Dam on Mekong

Date of Release: 
Oct 17 2015

The lower three Mekong Countries, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam as well as environmental groups, have expressed concern about the Don Sahong dam’s impact on the environment, movement of fish and water quality and flow.

The project has yet to be approved by the Mekong River Commission (MRC), an intergovernmental body made up of Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam that supervises development along Southeast Asia’s main waterway.

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Cambodian FM urges Laos to further study impacts of hydropower dam

Date of Release: 
Oct 6 2015

PHNOM PENH (Xinhua) -- Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong on Tuesday called on Laos to conduct further studies on the environmental impacts of a proposed 260-megawatt hydropower dam.

The Lao National Assembly approved the concession agreement for the controversial Don Sahong hydropower dam on the lower Mekong River in August and expected to begin construction before the year end.

Speaking at a meeting with Somsavat Lengsavad, visiting Lao Deputy Prime Minister in charge of economic affairs, Hor Namhong said the dam is located only 2 km upstream from Cambodia's border.

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