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14 Jan 2018 HONG KONG, China
The Lancang-Mekong agreement stipulates that parties should refrain from unilateral activities which imperil the rights and developmental interests of neighbours and undermine the area’s ecological sustainability. The mechanism, which involves China and Southeast Asian littoral states, is a step in the right direction...
12 Jun 2017 NEW YORK NY, United States
United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visited the Aral Sea, June 10 – once the world's fourth largest inland sea, that has now shrunk to about a quarter of its original size due to human mismanagement – and urged the world to take lessons from the catastrophe to ensure that such tragedies are not repeated...
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...
15 Jun 2016 PHNOM PENH, Cambodia
During its 32nd session this week, the United Nations Human Rights Council will discuss concerns from people in the region about Laos’s Don Sahong Dam project.The Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council has detailed human rights concerns over the dam, including its trans-boundary impacts on millions of people in the Mekong River Basin who depend on fish stocks and other riverine resources for their food security and livelihoods...
11 May 2016 PHNOM PENH
The dry months before the monsoon rains arrive are often tough for Cambodian fishermen and farmers. But with rivers drying up and drinking water running out, conditions have rarely been as bad as they are now. Experts fear that the present crisis could become the new normal for Cambodia and its neighbours, which have also been hit hard by record temperatures and a long period of extremely dry weather.
23 Mar 2016 SANYA, China
China and fellow Mekong riparians on March 23rd signed the “Sanya Declaration,” which aims to set the tone for future cooperation to enhance economic ties and increase security in the region.The declaration came on the first day of the inaugural Mekong-Lancang Cooperation meeting, which is being held in the southern Chinese city of Sanya, in Hainan province, from March 23rd-24th...
15 Mar 2016 VIENTIANE, Laos
Laos will work to ensure that its downstream neighbors do not suffer negative impacts as a result of the Don Sahong hydropower project, a top Lao political official told Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen over the weekend.During a meeting with Hun Sen in the Lao capital, Vientiane, on March 12th, Bounhang Vorachith, secretary-general of the ruling Lao People’s Revolutionary Party, said that “Laos will make an effort to ensure that there will be no impact” on downstream nations from the dam...
9 Feb 2016 PHNOM PENH, Cambodia
Environmental and civil society groups in the lower Mekong region are calling on the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to address Laos’ Don Sahong hydropower project during talks with US President Barack Obama next week.Cambodian NGOs conveyed the request to US Secretary of State John Kerry during his visit to the country last month, Voice of America’s Khmer news service reported...
7 Jan 2016 BANGKOK, Thailand
Thailand’s Administrative Court in late December dismissed a lawsuit filed in 2012 by Chiang Rai villagers who alleged that government agencies had acted illegally in signing an agreement to purchase power from Laos’ contentious Xayaburi hydropower dam on the Mekong River.In his ruling, obtained by local media, the judge found that the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat), the Energy Policy and Planning Office (Eppo), the Energy Ministry, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the cabinet had complied with the Mekong River Commission’s (MRC) Procedure for Notification Prior Consultation and Agreement (PNCPA) before signing the power purchase agreement...
16 Nov 2015 AN GIANG, Vietnam
More than 6,400 residents of Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia last week signed a statement expressing their continued concerns about Laos’ planned Don Sahong Dam project on the Mekong River.Among the issues detailed in the statement, which was presented during the Mekong People’s Forum in An Giang, Vietnam, were the potential impact of the dam on local fisheries, and what signatories said was a lack of information and consultation with affected communities about the project’s effects...
27 Oct 2015 PHNOM PENH
Advisor to the Cambodian government Sok Siphanna said Monday that Cambodia fully supported the establishment of the Lancang-Mekong River Dialogue and Cooperation Mechanism.