NGO Coalition Boycotts Prior Consultation Process for Proposed Lao Dam

A coalition of NGOs and community-based groups dedicated to raising public awareness about the risks associated with dams on the Mekong River said Friday that it will boycott the prior consultation process for the proposed Pak Lay hydropower project in Laos.

“Save the Mekong coalition is boycotting the Pak Lay prior consultation because serious and outstanding concerns regarding each of the mainstream dams that have undergone the process to date — the Xayaburi, Don Sahong, and Pak Beng dams — remain unresolved,” the coalition said in a statement.

The group said that requests for information about the projects’ impacts expressed during their prior consultations were not formally addressed, including calls for the extension of the consultation periods.

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