Laos holds Mekong livelihoods in its hands | Bangkok Post: news

The Mekong River Commission\’s MRC Joint Committee, comprised of representatives from Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, will hold a special meeting next week in Vientiane to discuss the controversial Don Sahong Dam, the second dam proposed on the lower Mekong mainstream. This is an important opportunity for Laos to heed calls from its neighbours in Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand, who have requested that the decision over whether or not to build the Don Sahong Dam is made regionally, rather than unilaterally. In September, Laos attempted to simply notify the MRC and member countries of its intention to build the Don Sahong Dam, eschewing regional discussion and sidestepping its responsibility to submit the project for \”prior consultation\”.The consultation process allows the four Mekong countries to discuss and evaluate the impacts of the Don Sahong Dam, to seek agreement about the project\’s future.

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