Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Xayaburi dam: Decision on Laos dam delayed

Xayaburi dam: Decision on Laos dam delayed

Xayaburi dam: Decision on Laos dam delayed

Representatives for Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam meeting in Sihanoukville deferred a decision on a controversial hydropower dam on the lower Mekong river in Laos, according to a statement issued by the Mekong River Commission over the weekend.

The four countries will meet again on April 21 in Vientiane, while a deadline for the decision is set for April 22.

The four countries also released a review by the MRC of documents related to the proposal.

“The gaps in knowledge on the number of migratory fish species, their biomass and their ability to successfully pass a dam and reservoir leads to considerable uncertainty about the scale of impact on fisheries and associated livelihoods, both locally and in a transboundary context,” the report concluded.

The report estimated that a full 2.5 million tonnes per year, or six percent of fishery yields, would be lost.

Ame Trandem, Mekong campaigner for International Rivers, said that the MRC’s assessment of the dam’s uncertainty demonstrated it should be shelved.

“It’s quite clear from the significant array of knowledge gaps that remain and from the risks the project poses, that the ... project should be cancelled, she said.”

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • PM warns party of complacency in leaked audio

    Two leaked audio tapes, purportedly of Prime Minister Hun Sen speaking candidly to senior officials, appear to hint at insecurities within the ruling party over the controversial dissolution of the country’s main opposition, with the premier warning that the party’s “struggle” didn’t

  • Government approves plan to relocate Phnom Penh’s airport

    The government has signed off on a proposal to build a new airport to serve Phnom Penh and has earmarked land in Kandal province for the $1.5 billion project. A new international airport to replace the existing Phnom Penh International Airport will be constructed on partially

  • Music festival promises big stage, has even bigger hopes

    With a line-up of local and international artists, and a massive outdoor venue booked on Koh Pich, or Diamond Island, Saturday’s Diamond Moon Festival is aiming to showcase contemporary musical and artistic talents at a scale rarely seen in the Kingdom. [img] But the