International Rivers

Experts call for dam review to consider earthquake risks

Date of Release: 
Dec 14 2015

In addition to concerns of environmental degradation and displacement, opponents of the Myitsone dam have noted that if the water storage bank were to rupture in an earthquake, the flooding would stretch so far as to inundate the Kachin State capital, Myitkyina, 27 miles away (43.4 kilometres).

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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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The Lower Sesan 2 in Cambodia: Local communities ask, “Who will benefit?”

Date of Release: 
Sep 26 2015

The Royal Government of Cambodia claims hydropower is the cheapest source of electricity to satisfy the demands for modern living. But there is nothing “cheap” about hydropower projects in Cambodia. Hydropower has come at enormous costs such as disrupting the lives and livelihoods of rural often marginalized communities and destroying fisheries and natural ecosystems.

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Laos Dam Project a Black Eye For Mekong Cooperation

Date of Release: 
Sep 9 2015

PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – When the Lao national assembly last week approved a potentially destructive dam project just 2 kilometers from the border with Cambodia, the surprise announcement was yet another blow to the regional framework designed to protect the Mekong River.

It was not supposed to be this way after Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos signed the 1995 Mekong Agreement, a treaty designed to coordinate development along the river and to mitigate its impacts on neighboring countries.

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Green Light for Mekong ‘Time Bomb’ Sparks Alarm

Date of Release: 
Sep 6 2015

PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – Environmental groups have expressed alarm at the Laotian National Assembly’s approval last week of the concession for the Don Sahong Dam project, which has been described as an “ecological time bomb” about to be dropped on the Mekong River.

The Laotian government and the project’s developer, Malaysia’s MegaFirst Corporation Berhad, must postpone construction until further impact assessments are conducted, the World Wildlife Fund’s Cambodia office said in a statement.

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Cambodian dam proceeds despite opposition over fish, ousted villagers

Date of Release: 
Aug 17 2015

The Cambodian government has begun relocating some 5,000 villagers away from the flood site of the Lower Sesan 2 dam. The controversial project in the country’s northeast province of Stung Treng is sited less than a mile below the confluence of the Sesan and Srepok rivers, two of the mighty Mekong’s most significant tributaries.

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