We urge the governments of Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam to maintain their firm positions opposing the Don Sahong project. We urge them to demand an agreement between all four countries to protect the Mekong River and the lives, livelihoods and rights of its communities.
The Mekong River Commission’s Procedures for Notification, Prior Consultation and Agreement (PNPCA), seems to have once again proven to be no more than a means for Laos to legitimize their reckless actions. Mekong River countries are supposed to, according to the 1995 Mekong Agreement, reach an agreement on development projects impacting their shared river in a “mutually beneficial manner.”
Millions of people in the Mekong River region are at risk of losing their livelihoods, as more and more hydroelectric dams are being built. The Don Sahong dam, a project being built by the Malaysian Corporation Mega First in Laos (two kilometers from the Cambodian border), is one of these projects endangering local communities.
The dam will impact the migration of fish that are now abundant, the flow of sediment that currently fertilizes crops, and the habitat of the critically endangered Irrawaddy dolphins that support the local tourist economy, therefore threatening the life and livelihoods of Mekong River communities.
The Mekong River Commission (MRC) Joint Committee will convene for a special meeting to discuss issues surrounding the Don Sahong project. This meeting is part of a joint decision-making process to promote shared use and management of the river. At that time, MRC member states will submit final positions on the project. We urge them to maintain their firm positions opposing the Don Sahong.
Fisheries are at the center of life for many Thai and Cambodian communities. Fish are the essential source of protein for most Mekong communities – communities that already live precariously. For . . .