» 03/07/2014, 00.00
LAOS - CAMBODIA
In Laos, poorly designed Don Sahong dam threatens Mekong
Environmentalists slam Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) based on "incomplete" research. The project endangers fish and more than 60 million people living in the lower basin of the river. Some of the endangered species are "unique". Damage is estimated at between US$ 1.4 and 3.9 billion a year.
Phnom Penh: fishing bill to protect the Mekong dolphin
Tourism, Agriculture and Transportation Ministries are expected to present a draft bill to protect 180 kilometres of river. The cabinet should approve the proposal in the near future. Fish cages and gill nets would be banned. WWF expert praises the proposal, calling it "essential".
18/04/2014 LAOS - THAILANDIA
Thai geologists warn Xayaburi dam is an earthquake risk
The huge barrage under construction on the Laotian section of Mekong River is located near active fault lines and is therefore vulnerable to seismic activity. There is a 30 per cent chance of a medium-sized earthquake in the next 30 years, and a 10 per cent chance of a magnitude 7 tremor. Builders claim instead that the project complies with all earthquake safety rules
16/09/2011 CAMBODIA – LAOS – VIETNAM
Vietnamese study: Xayaburi dam could cause earthquakes
The site chosen for mega project in Laos is on the course of the River Mekong and only about 100km from a fault line. The project has brought protests from conservation groups and representatives from Cambodia and Vietnam, because it could threaten the ecological balance in the area. Senior Laotian officials: work will start "before the end of this year ”.
WWF warns: Mekong forests endangered
Agriculture and trade in illegal timber has stripped a third of the forest area. From 1973 to 2009 between 22 and 24% of the total forest lost, endangering habitat of tigers and elephants, increasingly threatened with extinction. Dams on the river, including the mega-central Xayaburi compounding the problem.
20/10/2010 LAOS – VIETNAM – CHINA
Calls for a moratorium on Mekong dam building that destroy environment and people
Laos and Cambodia are planning to build dams to generate electrical power for sale. China, which already has four big dams upstream, is accused of taking too much water. The river’s ecosystems and the lives of 65 million people are at risk. Vietnam and Thailand are not against a US role in the matter.
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