The Don Sahong Dam is a disastrous project, impacting the last Mekong Irrawaddy dolphins and the food security of the millions of people depending on the river's fisheries. #StopDonSahongDam
The Don Sahong Dam is one of 12 hydropower projects proposed for construction on the lower stretches of the Mekong River.
Located 1.5 kilometre from the Laos - Cambodian border in Champasak Province, Laos PDR, it will block the Hou Sahong channel, one of the main dry season channels that comprise the Khone Falls section of the Mekong.
- up to 22.5 m high
- 260 MW power station
- construction will take around 5 years
September 2015: Laos government has approved the concession agreement for the project
December 2015: Construction of the dam has started
The Mekong River Commission (MRC) countries did not reach consensus in the frame of the MRC to move ahead with construction
Malaysia's MegaFirst Corporation Berhad are entering hydropower development for the first time with this project. They have never before built a dam, and have not satisfied calls for proper transboundary studies to understand the impact and consequences of the project.
The dam’s impacts on the dolphins probably cannot be mitigated, and certainly not through the limited and vague plans outlined in the project’s environmental impact assessment. The Directors of Mega First have a choice – to side with the great river and its people, and find a sustainable path, or to continue with this flawed project and precipitate the extinction of the Mekong’s dolphins.
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In early 2014, 255 596 concerned citizens from over 200 countries signed a global online petition calling to stop the Don Sahong Dam.
In September 2014, the Stop Don Sahong Dam event hosted by WWF-Cambodia and the RCC (River Coalition Cambodia) gathered : 25 community members from Mekong River and Tonle Sap, 30 youths from Phnom Penh, NGO representatives, and Buddhist monks working on conservation awareness along the Mekong River.
In November 2015, on the occasion of Freshwater Dolphin Day, over 400 people gathered to show their support for the protection of the critically endangered Irrawaddy Dolphin and to protest against the Don Sahong Dam.
Despite this massive opposition, the latest news from the construction site indicate that the developer decided to overlook this large opposition and is carrying on with the project.
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