The government of Laos currently goes ahead with the construction of the 1,285-megawatt Xayaburi dam which, if built, will be the first dam on the lower Mekong mainstream. The dam is sited 200 km upstream from Chiang Khan district of Thailand's Loei province, which is in close proximity in regard to potential environmental impacts.
Xayaburi dam will affect the livelihoods of the Thai people who live along the Mekong River in northern province of Chiang Rai and 7 northeastern provinces of Loei, Nong Khai, Bueng Kan, Nakorn Phanom, Mukdahan, Amnat Charoen and Ubon Ratchatani. These people depend on the Mekong River for various production activities including in particular fisheries and riverbank cultivation. The dam operation will cause change to the river flow that usually varies seasonally but will, once dam is in place, be determined by the dam that will collect and release water on a daily basis.
Moreover, Xayaburi dam development is a crucial cross-border issue for the entire Mekong basin shared between countries.
Thus, Thailand has direct responsibility for the progress of the project development. Lending support to such large dam as Xayaburi worth billions of dollars means massive impacts to lives of millions of people in the Mekong River basin in exchange of electricity generated in neighboring country to meet its endless thirst for energy.
To date, more than 8,000 people from within and outside of the Mekong region have joined the campaign to stop Xayaburi and all other Mekong mainstream dams by signing on the giant catfish postcards with a petition.
Thai local people and civil society groups together with civil society organisations from Cambodia and Vietnam have requested opportunity to meet with PM Yingluck Shinawatra on Monday 17 September to submit the postcards and discuss with the PM. Currently, the Thai groups co-organise Exhibition/Action/Press conference on Xayaburi dam.
Mr. Ittiphol Khamsuk -- Local Representative from Network of the Councils of Mekong Tambon Community Organisation in Thailand's 7 Northern Provinces
Ms. Nguy Thi Khanh -- GreenID/Vietnam River Network
Mr. Chith Sam Ath -- ED, NGO Forum on Cambodia/River Coalition on Cambodia (RCC)
Ms. Premrudee Daoroung -- Towards Ecological Recovery and Regional Alliance (TERRA)
For More information contact:
Premrudee Daoroung, Towards Ecological Recovery and Regional Alliance (TERRA) Tel: 081-4342334 Or TERRA 02-6910718-20
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