Losing dolphins for more hydropower

The construction of the Don Sahong hydropower dam in Laos has affected the habitats of Mekong River dolphins, causing their numbers to dwindle in Stung Treng province. The dwindling numbers are causing a decline in tourists who wish to see them, resulting in loss of ...

Pech Sotheary

Lao dam impact on dolphin migration highlighted

Sub-national officials and communities in the province are concerned about the impact of Laos’ Don Sahong hydropower dam on the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin population in the downstream Mekong River. According to Reuters, the dam began operations and connected its power grid to the Kingdom earlier ...

Pech Sotheary

Irrawaddy dolphin found dead in Stung Treng

An Irrawaddy dolphin was found dead on Saturday in Stung Treng province, near the border of Laos’ Don Sahong region, where Lao authorities are constructing a hydropower dam. Environmental activist Chum Huot said yesterday that villagers in the Preah Rumkel community found the dead dolphin and ...

Mom Sophon

Mekong observation projects launched

The Mekong River Commission yesterday launched two joint projects to better manage the Mekong basin resources and address flood and drought issues, especially monitoring the environmental impact of the controversial Don Sahong hydropower dam. ...

Khuon Narim

Dam’s impacts being felt

Residents of Stung Treng province’s Preah Romkil commune are reluctant to express their concerns over Laos’s Don Sahong hydropower dam since it was endorsed last month by Prime Minister Hun Sen, despite the impacts of the dam already being keenly felt, activists and researchers said ...

Phak Seangly

Activist brothers plan return to Cambodia

Twin brothers who were granted temporary asylum in Thailand by the U.N. last month said on Thursday that they planned to return to Cambodia, citing a cooler political climate and a desire to continue their environmental activism. ...

Kuch Naren

Dam problem not discussed by Laos, Cambodia leaders

The controversial Don Sahong hydropower dam was off the agenda again during the second day of talks between Prime Minister Hun Sen and his newly appointed Lao counterpart Thongloun Sisoulith yesterday, despite international calls to halt construction and survey the dam’s environmental impact. ...

Chea Vannak

Don sahong vs dolphins: how the dam is affecting local residents

Dam Chan handed over the food in exchange for riel as she described hearing the loud bangs of dynamite in the distance. The 55-year-old has farmed and sold food in Preah Rumkel commune her entire life and is concerned about the future of her home ...

May Titthara

Group demands Don Sahong investigation

An environmental youth group has asked the National Assembly’s head of the Environment and Water Resource Commission, Pol Hom, to visit and investigate the pollution that will be caused by construction of Laos’ Don Sahong hydropower dam. ...

Ven Rathavong

Laos vows to limit dam impacts

The head of Laos’ ruling party reportedly pledged to limit the downstream impacts of the controversial Don Sahong hydropower dam in his meeting with Prime Minister Hun Sen in Vientiane on Saturday. ...

Vong Sokheng

Dam protesters seek intervention by Angkor beer investor

Some 50 people gathered outside the headquarters of Angkor Beer in Phnom Penh on Friday afternoon to protest the construction of the controversial Don Sahong hydropower dam in Laos by a Malaysian company, arguing that an executive connected to both firms should intervene to halt ...

Buth Kimsay and Taylor O'Connell

Gov’t asks Laos to keep studying pending dam

Foreign Affairs Minister Hor Namhong asked Laos’ deputy prime minister for further study of the Don Sahong hydropower dam before construction begins during a meeting with the envoy in Phnom Penh on Tuesday. ...

Khuon Narim

Dam threat to Mekong River’s last few dolphins

The fate of the last surviving Irrawaddy river dolphins on the Laos-Cambodian border hangs in the balance after a Laos government official was reported as saying this week that construction of the dam would begin by the end of the year.   ...

Claire Boobbyer

New WWF chief says Cambodian tigers a priority

The new director-general of the international environmental group WWF, Marco Lambertini, met Tuesday with Environment Minister Say Sam Al to raise concerns over development projects that could have harmful environmental impacts, and one in particular that could derail plans to reintroduce tigers to Cambodia. ...

Simon Henderson

Vietnamese in Mekong Delta object to Lao dam on Cambodia border: report

Vietnamese living in the Mekong Delta have raised objections to a proposed Lao dam on the mainstream of the river next to Cambodia, Thanh Nien News reported. The report Monday said the objections followed a two-week survey in five delta provinces by the Hanoi-based Green Innovation ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff

Dam opposition takes complaint to Malaysia

Six environmental organisations opposing Laos’ controversial Don Sahong hydropower dam yesterday took their complaints to a new level: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia. In a 23-page letter, the organisations from Cambodia, Thailand and the US collectively requested an investigation into the trans-boundary impacts of the ...

Laignee Barron

Calls flow for dam to be canned

Ahead of a national consultation meeting about Laos’s Don Sahong hydropower dam later this week, communities that will be affected by the project have made their opinion clear: suspend the dam. ...

Phak Seangly and Laignee Barron

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