Downstream Mekong Nations Raise Concerns Over Proposed Laos Dam

Downstream Mekong countries, including Cambodia, have asked Laos to take a deeper look at the environmental impacts of a planned large-scale hydropower dam that academics and activists say will maim the mainstream Mekong River, which is already showing signs of severe damage.

The Luang Prabang dam, a 1,460-MW hydropower project that will be about 25 km from the Unesco World Heritage-listed city, is scheduled to start construction at the end of this year.

Stakeholders including nearly 200 representatives from civil society, the private sector, NGOs and governments raised concerns and recommendations about the proposed dam project on Wednesday and Thursday during an intergovernmental Mekong River Commission consultation meeting in Luang Prabang, according to an MRC statement.

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