Statement from WWF Cambodia on Reports that the Don Sahong Dam Construction is Imminent
The Don Sahong Dam is an ecological time bomb that threatens the food security of millions and a population of critically endangered Mekong Irrawaddy dolphins. The dam will have negative impacts on the entire Mekong River ecosystem all the way to the Delta in Vietnam. The dam is moving forward despite the opposition of neighbouring countries, some of the world’s leading scientists, local communities and hundreds of thousands of people who signed a petition opposing it. It is still undergoing international mediation as required by The Mekong 1995 Agreement. Meanwhile, an alternative project that would generate about the same amount of electricity but with much less damage – the Thako Water Diversion Project -- has been ignored with no reasons given.
We ask the Laos Government and the developer – Malaysia’s MegaFirst Corporation Berhad – to reconsider this ill-fated decision and wait until further studies on the environmental and social impacts and all legal options and requirements under The Mekong 1995 Agreement have been completed.