Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand Govts.call on Laos to submit Don Sahong Dam to an intergovernmental assessment, citing potentially high impact on fisheries

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4 December 2013

AECOM did not respond to: Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand Govts. call on Laos to submit Don Sahong Dam to intergovernmental assessment, citing potentially high impact on fisheries.

Company non-response
4 December 2013

SMEC did not respond to: Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand Govts. call on Laos to submit Don Sahong Dam to intergovernmental assessment, citing potentially high impact on fisheries.

Article
2 December 2013

Nations unite against dam

Author: Laignee Barron, Phnom Penh Post (Cambodia)

Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand have all called on Laos to submit its planned Don Sahong hydropower dam to an intergovernmental assessment…“Compared with the notification process, which is just the timely submission of materials with no further discussion, consultation requires notification plus a six-month time frame for each country to conduct studies and share concerns,” said…[the] Cambodian National Mekong Committee secretary-general…[The] 260-megawatt dam would potentially have too high an impact on mainstream fish migration in the dry season to bypass consultation with other affected countries, the downstream officials allege in letters sent to the MRC…

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Article
23 November 2013

Proposed Laos dam on the Mekong raises ecological fears

Author: Tom Fawthrop, South China Morning Post

…[E]xperts say this ecotourism paradise, known as the "Four Thousand Islands" region, could soon be irreversibly damaged by the construction of…[the Don Sahong dam] recently announced by Laos…Concerns about the new dam were raised…at a forum of 103 Thai NGOs campaigning against it…[These include] major losses of fisheries and agricultural fertility [and] serious nutritional problems throughout the Mekong region…Dam-builder Megafirst has dismissed these concerns. Megafirst Senior Environmental Manager Dr Peter Hawkins told the Vientiane Times "environmental impacts can be mitigated by using other natural channels adjacent to the Hou Sahong"…

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Article
6 November 2013

NGOs threaten to sue over Don Sahong dam

Author: Sen David and Laignee Barron, Phnom Penh Post (Cambodia)

Environmentalists and NGOs are threatening to sue developers of a controversial hydropower dam, claiming the project would cause irreversible damage to the Mekong River. The Don Sahong dam, a 260-megawatt project…[is] proposed on a site less than two kilometres north of the Cambodian-Lao border… “If they really build it without conducting proper impact studies it will be irresponsible to the 60 million people who live along the river,” said…the Cambodian Volunteers for Society. Last month, the Mekong River Commission made public an environmental impact assessment report prepared by a private company for Malaysian developer Mega First Corporation Berhad. Contrary to the outcry from environmental groups, the report says there will be no significant negative impacts...

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Article
24 October 2013

Laos dam threatens fishermens' livelihoods

Author: Denise Hruby, Al Jazeera

Scientists and environmentalists say the [Don Sahong] dam will…put at risk the integrity of the entire Lower Mainstream Mekong River…International Rivers…said the dam…will devastate the region's fish and dolphins, the tourism industry, and the hundreds of thousands of fishermen whose livelihoods depend on the Mekong…Mega First Corporation Berhad, the Malaysian company in charge of building the dam, has dismissed these concerns, saying there are other channels the fish can use to migrate. Yeong Chee Neng, director of the Don Sahong project, said the dam would improve local livelihoods and fisheries…However, scientists and fisheries experts are concerned over what they say is lack of evidence that fish would migrate through new channels…

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Article
4 October 2013

Controversial Don Sahong Dam closer to construction (Laos)

Author: Milton Osborne, Interpreter (Australia)

[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited AECOM, Mega First and SMEC to respond. AECOM and SMEC declined to respond. Mega First did not respond - article with company comment provided.] [The Don Sahong] dam has been a matter of controversy for many years, a fact reflected in an open letter to the Lao Government in 2007 signed by 34 scientists…The letter…[points] to the dangers to fish migration through the Khone Falls from construction of a dam. A more readily accessible scientific set of arguments against the dam was prepared by the WorldFish Center…[W]ith the construction of the Don Sahong dam…fresh concerns are being raised about the Mekong's role as a major source of fish for the large population living along the river. [Refers to AECOM, Mega First, SMEC]

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