Women are at the heart of Mekong sustainable development

By Dokkeo Sykham

Lao women are concerned that the country’s energy development will not only harm the Mekong River and the basin hydrology, but will eventually bring an end to their livelihoods and survival of their families.

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Laos’ Don Sahong Dam Raised Trans-boundary Concerns

By Hoang Duong

Can Tho – After the 20th annual Mekong River Commission (MRC) meeting on 26 June in Bangkok, even though the Laos government did not officially recognize the Don Sahong dam as a Mekong mainstream dam, the MRC agreed to conduct a public hearing and exclusive consultations among the neighbouring Mekong countries.

In order to prepare for the forthcoming official Procedures for Notification, Prior Consultation and Agreement (PNPCA) meeting in Vietnam, the Vietnam River Network (VRN) together with local authorities recently held a pre-public hearing on 21-22 August in Can Tho City, in the Mekong Delta.

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