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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Future of Mekong River depends upon ‘public consultation’

By Hoang Duong and Paw Siriluk Sriprasit

The deadline of the public consultation of the Laos controversial Don Sahong dam, is coming up soon this January 25, 2015. Lao government will finalize all the social and environmental concerns of the dam project. It is believed to officially push forward the dam construction.

In the mid of overwhelming criticism and polarized standing-points among the lower Mekong river basin governments, communities, and environmental activists, the PNPCA deadline was proposed to be postponed for a better future of the Mekong River and her people. In accordingly, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) should seek for more consultations with all stakeholders, especially the local communities, whose livelihoods much rely on the river.

The International environmental organization, the International Rivers has also launched an online petition calling on the governments of Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam “to cancel the Don Sahong Dam and seek more sustainable energy options that ensure the future of the Mekong River’s fish and her people,” (see here).

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