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  • 26 Mar 2020- 12:16 by Staff- Water Diplomat PHNOM PENH, Cambodia The government of Cambodia has announced that the country will not develop new hydropower dams on the Mekong River for the next 10 years, putting two planned dams at Sambor and Stung Treng on pause. The decision means that Laos, which
  • 29 Mar 2016- 10:19 by OOSKAnews Correspondent HANOI, Vietnam Vietnam’s economy has been hard hit by drought and saline intrusion, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat told a cabinet meeting on March 26th. The country’s economic growth in the first quarter of 2016 is lower than
  • 20 Oct 2015- 10:19 by OOSKAnews Correspondent VIENTIANE, Laos Laos will send an official delegation to Vietnam and Thailand to inform them that construction is starting on the $720 million USD, 260-megawatt Don Sahong Dam, according to Daovong Phonekeo, director general of the Energy Policy and
  • 6 Oct 2014- 10:35 by OOSKAnews Correspondent WASHINGTON, DC, United States The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on October 6th announced a five-year project that will use satellite imagery to combat flooding and other
  • 16 Jun 2014- 10:11 by OOSKAnews Correspondent TAN AN, Vietnam The flow of the Mekong River has been greatly reduced in Vietnam as a result of upstream hydropower development and climate change, according to government officials participating in an annual forum on the Mekong Delta, held in Vietnam’s
  • 21 Apr 2014- 10:03 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BANGKOK, Thailand The site of Laos’ controversial Xayaburi Dam is located near active fault lines, making it highly susceptible to seismic activity and putting the entire Mekong ecosystem in danger, according to a Thai geologist. Dr. Punya Charusiri of
  • 7 Apr 2014- 10:40 by OOSKAnews Correspondent HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam The Mekong River Commission (MRC)-- made up of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam-- adopted a new declaration at its second summit, which concluded in Ho Chi Minh City this weekend. The Ho Chi Minh City Declaration, signed by
  • 5 Mar 2014- 10:27 by OOSKAnews Correspondent PHNOM PENH, Cambodia Laos’s plan to construct another dam on the Mekong River does not include measures to reduce impacts on those living downstream, according to international environmental watchdog WWF. WWF reviewed research commissioned last year by
  • 16 Dec 2013- 10:02 by OOSKAnews Correspondent KIEN VANG, Vietnam US Secretary of State John Kerry warned about the risks of climate change and the environmental consequences of China’s upriver dam building on the Mekong during his visit to Vietnam this week. Speaking to a group of students and
  • 12 Nov 2013- 10:05 by OOSKAnews Correspondent VIENTIANE, Laos In an effort to ease regional concerns about the environmental and social impacts of its dam-building on the Mekong River, Laotian government officials this week organized a visit to the site of the planned Don Sahong hydropower project.
  • 16 Oct 2013- 10:01 by OOSKAnews Correspondent VIENTIANE, Laos Laos’ plan to construct the $720 million USD, 260-megawatt Don Sahong Dam does not violate the Mekong agreement because the project is not being built on the main stem of the Mekong River, according to Laotian Deputy Minister of Energy
  • 29 Aug 2013- 09:59 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BEIJING, China Chinese activities in the Mekong River basin, particularly mineral resource and hydropower projects, have had a negative impact on the region’s environment, according to a new “blue book” published by the Social Sciences Academic Press
  • 3 Jul 2013- 10:04 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei Foreign ministers from the Lower Mekong nations endorsed six development and policy pillars, as well as new plans and project, during the 6th Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial meeting in Brunei this week. The meeting of
  • During the 19th Mekong River Commission Council meeting last week in Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and other participants challenged Laos’ efforts to construct the controversial $3.5 billion USD Xayaburi Dam, the first of a planned 11 dams along the Lower Mekong River.
  • Global consulting and engineering firm Pöyry’s energy business group has won the technical consulting contract for the Laotian government’s controversial $3.5 billion USD Xayaburi hydropower.  The company did not disclose how much it was being paid over the course of the eight-year contract.

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