The proposed Xayabury dam will reduce fresh water and silt downstream in Vietnam and devastate fishing among others. “If built, Laos’ Xayabury dam will greatly affect Vietnam’s agricultural production and aquaculture,” Standing Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Thai Lai has said. >> Lao plan to build dam harms Vietnam: expert >> Laos should stop dam project: Vietnam conference Speaking at a meeting of the Vietnam National Mekong River Committee held yesterday to discuss possible impacts of the dam Laos plans to build on the lower mainstream of the Mekong, he said the biggest problem for the Mekong Delta will not be flooding or pollution but a shortage of fresh water. Other officials and experts also voiced concern about the survival of the Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s rice granary, if Xayabury and other similar dams are built upstream. Tran Van Tuan, an official from the Mekong River … [Read more...] about Vietnam wants Laos to shelve Mekong dam plans
Laos should halt its plan to build the Xayaburi dam on the Mekong River since this could seriously affect Vietnam’s ecology, said attendants during a conference on the topic today. >> Lao plan to build dam harms Vietnam: expert The conference held in northern Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay attended by members of the Vietnam National Mekong River Committee, experts and relevant authorities is aimed at assessing the potential damage of the dam and on appropriate suggestions for Laos. Mr. Truong Hong Tien, an expert of the standing office of the Committee, said that among the country members of the Mekong River Commission (MRC), Laos will gain the most benefit from the dam project. Meanwhile, the amount of fisheries of Vietnam will decline by 200,000-400,000 tons per year due to negative effects from the dam, he said. The dam project is one of the 12 hydropower dam projects on the Mekong River that MRC has been consulting with countries in the area, including Thai Lan, … [Read more...] about Laos should stop dam project: Vietnam conference
The mighty Mekong with its famously fast currents, cherished by so many generations, could be on the brink of ecological disaster, if the controversial US$3.5 billion Xayaburi dam project in Laos goes ahead. >> Xayaburi dam work begins on sly >> Laos should stop dam project: Vietnam conference >> Vietnam wants Laos to shelve Mekong dam plans >> Lao plan to build dam harms Vietnam: expert >> Mekong countries should delay dam projects for decade: study The all-important decision about the Xayaburi dam, that according to a diverse group of geographers, water resources and fisheries experts could lead to irreversible damage to the ecosystem, will be made on April 19th within the framework of the MRC Mekong River Commission. Ame Trandem from the NGO International Rivers told Tuoi Tre: “The Mekong River is the lifeblood of SE Asia, feeding and employing millions of people. To move forward with the Xayaburi Dam would be reckless and … [Read more...] about Stop Xayaburi dam project: says expert to Tuoi Tre
Brazil's environment agency has backed construction of a hydro-electric dam in the Amazon, opposed by indigenous groups and environmentalists. The agency, Ibama, said the Belo Monte dam on the Xingu River had been subjected to "robust analysis" of its impact on the environment. The government says the dam is key to meeting Brazil's growing energy needs. But opponents argue it will harm the world's largest tropical rainforest and displace tens of thousands of people. In January, Ibama gave the go-ahead for initial work to begin on the site on the Xingu, a tributary of the Amazon River. Now, Ibama has issued the penultimate licence that the Norte Energia consortium building the dam needs. This means, in theory at least, that building work on the dam can begin. BBC/VOVNews … [Read more...] about Brazil grants building permit for Belo Monte Amazon dam
“Vietnam’s Mekong Delta or the southwestern region needs floods and develops thanks to floods,” the acting director of the Southern Institute for Irrigation Planning Nguyen Ngoc Anh told VietNamNet in a recent interview about the abnormal flood season in the Mekong Delta this year. Scarcity of fish in Mekong Delta’s flood season Late flood sways farmers in Vietnam’s southwestern region This year the early flood in May was very low and the flood peak came late. The flood season 2010 is abnormal compared to other years. Compared to 2002, the flood peak in the upstream of the Mekong Delta was 2m lower than that of 2000. The total amount of water is equivalent to 60-70 percent of the average in previous years. The Mekong Delta has suffered great losses due to the late and small flood. VietNamNet talks with Nguyen Ngoc Anh about this phenomenon. What is the reason for this to happen in Vietnam ’s southwestern region? The Mekong Delta … [Read more...] about Chinese dams prevent flood in Vietnam’s southwestern region?