The leader of Laos’ ruling party claims there will be no negative ramifications resulting from the construction of the controversial $600m Don Sahong hydropower dam on the Mekong River. “Laos will make an effort to ensure that there will be no impact [in neighbouring countries],” said Bounnhang Vorachith, secretary-general of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party, on Saturday. Bounnhang added that his country had studied the environmental impacts at length.
|On February 26, 2016 in Phnom Penh: Youth, communities and NGOs conducted a peace walk and boycott “Say No to Angkor Beer” in front of the headquarter of Angkor Beer in Phnom Penh on February 26, 2016 to seek intervention from the company to put pressure on Mr. Goh Nan Kioh who is controlling Mega First Corporation Berhad,the company building Don Sahong Dam. Mr. Goh also holds a 50-percent stake in Cambrew, which produce Angkor Beer. The event also submitted a statement to the company.|
An NGO known as Fisheries Action Coalition Team (FACT) came to intervene in Trapaing Sangke Community Fishery through the mangrove restoration project. The project was implemented from January 1, 2012 and ended on December 31, 2015 under the sponsorship of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through the Global Nature Fund (GNF). The project implementation follows the same procedure applied in 4 countries in Southeast Asia such as Cambodia, Thailand, India and Sri Lanka. [More to see video]
Thailand hopes to help its drought-affected farmers by “using” water from the Mekong, but those downstream may be adversely affected
Thailand has begun pumping water from the Mekong River into drought-affected areas in the northeast of the country in a move that could have severe impacts for countries downstream.
At present, three pumps, each of them capable of pumping 12,000 litres per second from the river, are in operation. Thailand is experiencing its worst dry spell in ten years, and provinces in the north and northeast have been hit hard. Production of rice and rubber – both key export crops – has plummeted, adding to the country’s existing economic woes.
“To pump water from the Mekong seems rational not only in terms of real need, but for political reasons,” said Pavin Chachavalpongpun, associate professor at Kyoto University’s Centre of Southeast Asian Studies.