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26 May 2014

International Rivers, EarthRights International, 3S Rivers Protection Network, NGO Forum on Cambodia

PR – Lower Sesan 2 Developers Urged to Ensure Accountability for Severe Impacts

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A group of 15 civil society organizations (CSOs) and lawyers from Cambodia and the region…issued letters to the Chinese government and the corporate stakeholders developing the Lower Sesan II Hydropower Dam in Stung Treng Province, Cambodia, warning of the severe environmental and social impacts of the project together with a need for greater accountability by all stakeholders…Communities are reporting problems at the dam site which raise questions about legal compliance, such as logging outside of the reservoir area, unlawful fishing activities, use of child labour and deteriorating water quality downstream,” said Meach Mean, Coordinator of the 3S Rivers Protection Network (3SPN)…[A prior statement from 75,000 affected villagers] notes: “We anticipate that the Lower Sesan II Dam will cause serious negative impacts on the food and protein sources we rely on to feed our children and families. The dam will harm our livelihoods, traditional practices, agricultural land, and destroy large areas of forest and natural resources which we depend on for our survival.”…[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited China Huaneng Group, Royal Group & Vietnam Electricity to respond; they did not do so.]


Part of the following timelines

Cambodia: Groups raise alarm over severe food, livelihood, environmental, cultural impacts of Lower Sesan 2 Dam project; companies do not respond

Cambodia: Communities impacted by Lower Sesan 2 Hydropower Project seek IFC dispute resolution process; Companies' responses

Cambodia: Lower Sesan 2 Hydropower Dam