Officials and communities are concerned about the impact of Laos’ Don Sahong hydropower dam on the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin population in the downstream Mekong River.
Man-made construction activity in the form of dams is slowly choking the river and some 80 new dams are planned choking the flow of water with its life-giving nutrients.
Water levels on the Mekong River, which flows through China and five other countries, have dipped sharply after China began testing equipment in one of the river’s upper dams.
Mekong River dams are generating big problem for locals as fluctuating water levels are destroying migratory fish patterns in places where fish are the main source of income and protein
In Thailand’s southern province of Phang-nga, officials were overjoyed Sunday when this year’s first baby leatherback turtle hatched and emerged from its nest onto the beach.
Left off the table in the visit was the Myitsone hydropower dam, a $3.6bn Chinese mega-project in Myanmar’s northern Kachin state that was frozen in 2011 after widespread opposition.
Preah Sihanouk provincial officials yesterday clashed with a group of villagers armed with sticks and machetes as the officials were trying to dismantle illegally built homes in the Ream National Park.