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11 Feb 2020 LUANG PRABANG, Laos
The government of Laos has been challenged by neighbouring countries and NGOs about provision of data around environmental assessmnet of the Luang Prabang dam in the lower Mekong.At a 6 February consultation meeting on the proposed 1,460 megawatt dam stakeholders raised concerns and suggested further in-depth studies to evaluate the potential transboundary environmental and social impacts and explore possible mitigation measures that could be taken...
4 Aug 2019 PHNOM PENH, Cambodia
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has criticized China's dam-building programme on the Mekong River, saying that construction has left the crucial waterway at its lowest level in a decade in Southeast Asian countries downstream, warning of "troubling trends". The Mekong River Commission has said that river levels in June and July had dropped to “among the lowest on record”...
22 Jul 2019 BANGKOK, Thailand
Thailand's Office of National Water Resources (ONWR) has admitted that the Thai government can not directly mitigate the recent drop in Mekong River water levels, but looked to the resumption of upstream dam discharge to replenish water levels "soon".Somkiat Prajumwong, secretary general of the agencysaid July 19 that the agency sent a letter asking the Laos government to suspend the trial of the Xayaburi Dam for a few days...
3 Jun 2019 WASHINGTON DC, United States
The World Bank has announced approval of $40 Million USD credit under the Second Programmatic Green Growth Development Policy for Laos. The purpose is to support reform in the fiscal sector, to develop financial sustainability, and to incorporate green growth principles into development planning in support of Laos’ transition to a more sustainable growth model, the World Bank said May 28...
31 May 2019 VIENTIANE
The government of Japan has agreed to provide 97 million yen (US$880,201) to expand the water supply system in the city of Luang Prabang. The project will be carried out from June 1, 2019, to October 10, 2022.
18 Sep 2018 MANILA, Philippines
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is to provide additional financing of $30.5 Million USD in grant funding to help the Laos government improve water supply and sanitation.The additional financing will make it possible for the government to add six more towns, benefiting 100,000 urban residents, to an ongoing Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Project, which has been supported by a $35 Million USD loan approved by ADB in 2013...
6 Apr 2018 PHNOM PENH
In the face of the dire predicted consequences of planned development on the Mekong River basin, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and the leaders of Vietnam, Laos and Thailand jointly agreed to consider comprehensive scientific findings in their future decision-making on Thursday. Importantly, the declaration notes the MRC’s Council Study, a 3,600-page scientific assessment on the impacts of development – in particular hydropower – on the lower Mekong Basin.
9 Nov 2016 PHNOM PENH, Cambodia
The government of Laos has submitted a new request to the Mekong River Commission (MRC) secretariat to construct a dam on the Mekong, the MRC said in a statement this week.The Pak Beng Hydropower Project, a run-of-river project located on the river’s mainstream in Oudomxay province, would have an installed capacity of 912 megawatts and would discharge 5,771...
29 Aug 2016 VIENTIANE, Laos
Laos has inaugurated construction work on the 260-megawatt Don Sahong hydropower project on the Mekong River this month, Lao news agency KPL reported last week.Laos had announced plans to start construction of the $720 million USD, 260-megawatt Don Sahong Dam back in October 2015.The project has faced opposition from local communities in other Mekong states, as well as from environmental groups, due to concerns over its impacts on livelihoods and ecosystems...
13 May 2016 BANGKOK
The Export-Import Bank of Thailand (EXIM) Bank has established an agreement to provide an additional long-term loan for the construction of a tap water manufacturing facility in Luang Prabang, Laos, to facilitate water consumption in the Laos capital.
12 May 2016 PHNOM PENH
An environmental youth group has asked the National Assembly’s head of the Environment and Water Resource Commission, Pol Hom, to visit and investigate the pollution that will be caused by construction of Laos’ Don Sahong hydropower dam.
11 May 2016 VIENTIANE
The Department of Irrigation under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has authorised a Chinese company to conduct a feasibility study of the Namsan agriculture irrigation project in Borikhamxay province.