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Civic group seeks China green help to stymie dam

Local civic groups will seek help from Friends of Nature (FON), a renowned conservation group in China, for its campaign against dam projects on the Mekong River.

Pak Bang dam site, International Rivers

By Anchalee Kongrut

Chiang Khong, March 6, 2018

Bangkok Post

Local civic groups will seek help from Friends of Nature (FON), a renowned conservation group in China, for its campaign against dam projects on the Mekong River.

Rak Chiang Khong, local conservation group based in Chiang Rai province is contacting the Beijing-based FON to seek advice on Chinese overseas investments in dam projects, Sor Rattanamanee Polkla, a lawyer for the Mekong Legal Network told the Bangkok Post. The group, she said, is inspired by the lawsuit filed by FON against a Chinese dam developer and energy company.

FON last Friday sued a Chinese dam construction company and environmental consultation firm for developing a hydropower station near a nature reserve in southwestern China, citing potential environmental violations. The dam, yet to be built, is located across the Luosuo River, a tributary of Lancang, China’s name for the Mekong.

One of the two defendants, Kunming Engineering, is conducting an environmental impact assessment for the Pak Beng dam on the Mekong River that has upset the Thai conservation group.

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