Mekong dam projects could destroy livelihoods and ecology: NGOs

(From The Nation)

The ecology of the Mekong River could be destroyed within 10 years if dam projects along the river are allowed to continue, Thai and Cambodian non-government organisations (NGOs) have warned.

Thai villagers gather outside Ch. Karnchang Headquarters to protest construction of the Xayaburi Dam

Thai villagers gather outside Ch. Karnchang Headquarters to protest construction of the Xayaburi dam in this file photo

They have also warned that it will be very difficult for people to claim compensation for projects’ negative impacts on the environment and their livelihoods because it will be difficult, if not impossible, to clearly link the effects to a particular dam.

The NGOs urged relevant governments to better understand the situation and take more interest in trans-border impacts from development projects along the Mekong River in order to prevent adverse consequences, which could harm the lives of millions people who depend on the river.

There are two projects underway — the Xayaburi dam and the Don Sahong dam, located on the lower reaches of the Mekong River in Laos. Amid protests from people who reside along the riverbank, Pianporn Deetes, Thailand campaign coordinator for International Rivers, urged the governments of the Mekong River region to concentrate more on the real costs of development projects for the river and people. Read More



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