Puts Off a Decision on Mekong Dam
By THOMAS FULLER, New York Times | December 8, 2011
fate of the Xayaburi dam is considered crucial by environmentalists
because a green light for the project could lead to construction
of other proposed dams further downstream.
On Thursday, representatives from Cambodia, Laos,
Thailand and Vietnam “concluded that there is a need for further
study on the sustainable development and management of the Mekong
River,” according to a statement by the Mekong River Commission,
which coordinates projects along the river and is being tested by
The head of the Cambodian delegation at the meeting,
Te Navuth, said that construction on the Xayaburi dam would wait
“until we have a clear result” from the study.
S.Res. 227: A resolution calling for the protection
of the Mekong River Basin and increased United States support for
delaying the construction of mainstream dams along the Mekong River.
Webb: Multinational Action Urgently Needed to Avert Environmental
Disaster in Mekong River Region of Southeast Asia
Senator Jim Webb, Press Releases
| September 24, 2010
Jim Webb (D-VA), chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs, chaired a committee
hearing yesterday on the "potentially catastrophic consequences"
of present plans for building mainstem dams along the Mekong River.
. Studies have concluded that constructing just one mainstem dam
along the River which flows through China, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia,
and Vietnam could have devastating effects on the river and on the
more than 60 million people who depend upon it for food and livelihoods.
Approximately 26 mainstem dams are currently being planned along
Construction of hydropower dams is advancing recklessly
in the absence of agreed-upon environmental standards and in a manner
which could in fairly short order destroy the ecological and cultural
environment of the region,” said Sen. Webb. “China’s refusal to
recognize the water rights of downstream nations is particularly
troublesome, given its ability to hold back the water near its source.
There is a disturbing lack of awareness in the U.S. and Asia of
the immediacy of this threat.
Petition Calls for Thailand, Laos to Cancel Xayaburi Dam
Ron Corben, VOA | Bangkok, Dec 1, 2011
international petition from more than 100 countries is calling for
the Laos and Thai governments to cancel a massive hydropower dam
project on the Lower Mekong River.
The $3.5 billion Xayaburi Dam in Laos is one of 11 proposed dams
for the Lower Mekong River that also flows through Thailand, Cambodia
Rivers, a U.S.-based environmental group, says 22,580 people
from more than 100 countries signed a petition calling for canceling
the project due to grave concerns about the future of the Lower
petition to demand cancellation of the Xayaburi Dam (closed)
Areas Slammed by Floods
RFA, Sep 30, 2011
Asia suffers its worst floods in more than a decade.
The worst floods in more than a decade along Southeast
Asia's Mekong River have left nearly 200 people dead, destroyed
vast tracts of farmland and fishponds, and sent tens of thousands
of people fleeing from their homes.
Worries are growing about food shortages as rice
paddy fields come under water. Water-borne diseases triggered by
the death of livestock and poultry swept away by the floods are
also posing a threat to flood victims.
die in worst Mekong flooding since 2000
petition to demand cancellation of the Xayaburi Dam
letter will be emailed to the Mekong River Commission's Council,
comprised of Ministers from Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia,
and hard copies of all the signatures will be presented to each
of the governments on Monday, April 18.
Next Tuesday, a crucial decision will be made over the fate of the
Mekong River in Southeast Asia. On April 19th, the governments of
Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam will decide whether to build
the first dam on the lower Mekong mainstream, the Xayaburi Dam.
Located in northern Laos, this dam is the first of 11 large hydropower
dams that – if built – would devastate the world’s most productive