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21 Aug 2014 :

Lao Official, Developer Contradict on Don Sahong Dam Construction

[2014-08-20] Radio Free Asia Laos has suspended construction of its controversial Don Sahong hydropower dam on the Mekong River following environment ..
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Save the Mekong coalition brings together non-government organizations, local people, academics, journalists, artists and ordinary people from within the Mekong countries and internationally. Save the Mekong coalition urges the Mekong governments to keep the Mekong flowing freely to save this critical source of food, income and life for present and future generations.
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On 25 June 2014, the Save the Mekong Coalition sent a letter to the regional Prime Ministers to cancel Mekong Mainstream Dams. [Read the Letter in Lao] [Read the Letter in Vietnamese] [Read the Letter in Khmer] [Read the Letter in Thai] [Read the Letter in English]

On 3 April 2014, the Save the Mekong Coalition sent a letter to the regional Prime Ministers calling for the cancellation of Dams on the Lower Mekong Mainstream. [Read the letter in Lao] [Read the letter in Vietnamese] [Read the letter in Khmer] [Read the letter in Thai] [Read the letter in English]

On 11 February 2014, the Save the Mekong Coalition sent a letter to the regional Prime Ministers including China, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia urging them to reconsider the Lower Sesan 2 Dam in Cambodia. [Read the Letter]

On 18 June 2013, the Save the Mekong Coalition sent a letter to MRC Development Partners asking about a sustainable solution to the question of the Mekong mainstream dams. [Read the Letter]

On 10 April 2013, the Save the Mekong Coalition sent a letter to the Japanese government asking about the status of funding for the Mekong River Commission. [Read the Letter]

On 11 March 2013, the Save the Mekong coalition sent letters to the Mekong's Prime Ministers urging them to reconsider Xayaburi Dam as the project sets bad precedent for regional decision-making on the Mekong River. [Read the Letter in English] [Read the Letter in Vietnamese]

On 19 November 2012, the Save the Mekong coalition put out a letter after the news of Xayaburi Dam's ground-breaking ceremony in Laos broke out, calling on the Mekong River Commission Member Countries, Secretariat and Development Partners to Save the Mekong, before it's too late! [Read the Letter]

On 1 May 2012, the Save the Mekong coalition put out a press release for the occassion of the Mekong2Rio Conference calling on regional leaders to address the Xayaburi issue [Read PR]

On 20 April 2012, the Save the Mekong coalition sent letters to the Mekong River Commission's Council Members and CEO requesting clarification on the prior consultation of the Xayaburi Dam. Read the letter to [Cambodia] [Laos] [Thailand] [Vietnam] [MRC CEO] [Read the MRC CEO's response letter] [Read the TNMC's response letter]

On 3 May 2011, prior to the 18th ASEAN Summit in Jakarta, Indonesia, the Save the Mekong coalition put out a statement calling for ASEAN leaders to act immediately to cancel the Xayaburi Dam.  [Read the statement in English] [Read the statement in Thai] [Read the press release]

On 18 March 2011, twenty one international organizations and academics wrote to the Australia's Minister of Foreign Affairs expressing their concern with the Xayaburi Dam and the grievous failure of its PNPCA process.  As the process has been funded by the Australian Government, the signatories called on Australia and other donors to use its leverage to call for an improved process and a delay in decision-making. [Read the Letter] [Read the response by AusAid]

Read the letter sent to the MRC's Council on 25 January 2011.  The letter requests that the Governments of Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam halt the current PNPCA process on the Xayaburi Dam, endorse the findings of the MRC's SEA report, and commit to evaluating all options for meeting regional energy and water needs through a credible and objective public process.

On 23 March 2011, NGO Forum on Cambodia, along with other Cambodian organizations, sent a letter to the Cambodian National Mekong Committee asking them to halt the Xayaburi Dam's decision-making process for a period of ten years due to the transboundary impacts the dam poses to Cambodia. [Read the letter in English] [Read the letter in Khmer]

Read the Australian civil society letter sent to Australia's Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd on 20th January 2011.  As a donor to the Mekong River Commission, Australian organizations asked the Government of Australia to help ensure that the Xayaburi prior consultation process (PNPCA) is rigorous, open and transparent for the people of the Mekong.

On 11 November 2010, KEPA and other Finnish NGOs wrote to the Finnish Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation seeking endorsement of the MRC's Strategic Environment Assessment.  They wrote "The Strategic Environmental Assessment recommends that the MRC countries defer the decisions on the mainstream dams for at least ten more years, in order to do more comprehensive assessments and find alternative energy solutions.  We find this recommendation very important and encourage Finland to actively promote the fulfillment of the recommendation." [Read the letter]

Press release [13 October 2010] "Save the Mekong Call: Cancel Xayaboury Dam on Mekong River’s mainstream, Halt MRC PNPCA Process" [Read the letter] [Read the press release] [Read the MRC's response]

Read the letter sent to the Mekong River Commission on 17 June 2010 calling for the complete release of data on the Mekong River's low water levels in 2010. [Read the MRC's response]

Read the letters sent delivering the 23,110 signature "Save the Mekong" petition to the Prime Ministers of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam on 19 October 2009.

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Panel Discussion for 2nd MRC Summit - Open to the public on 4 April

The Second MRC Summit will be organized on 5th April 2014 in Ho Chi Minh City, following the consensus made by heads of MRC member states in the first Summit in Hua Hin in 2010.  This quadrennial event demonstrates the highest level of political commitment to the implementation of the Mekong Agreement. The Second Summit will focus the discussions of MRC state leaders on progress of implementation of the Hua Hin Declaration, among other importants issues. There are also a number of other high-level events organized before the Summit, including an international conference, MRC Joint Committee meeting, and MRC Council meeting.

The panel discussion “The Journey from Hua Hin to Ho Chi Minh City and Future of the Mekong River” is open to the public, especially media, to join and share with speakers their views and comments.

For more information, please click here



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