Basically, plans are underway to build over 50 damns throughout Laos, which will severely impact the livelihoods of many communities along the Mekong in Laos and Thailand. (The Mother river)
This is an extremely important river system from both a community and environmental perspective, and the two damns already built in China have already had severe detrimental effects. The developers are running rough-shod over the community consultation process and they are reluctant to release the technical information with respect to the environmental impact.
In Australia the ABC has already aired a number of stories on this subject on Four Corners and the 7:30 report (See 7:30 Report from Thursday 24th March 2011).
The decision on the damn was to be made on the weekend of 26th March 2011, but has now been delayed until April. Construction equipment has already been moved into the area. This should not be allowed to go ahead.
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