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Save the Mekong Coalition Calls on Prime Ministers to Cancel Mekong Mainstream Dams

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
As Mekong ministers meet for the 20th Meeting of the Mekong River Commission Council in Bangkok tomorrow, the Save the Mekong coalition has issued a statement calling upon the Prime Ministers of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam to work together to address the threat posed by a proposed cascade of eleven Mekong mainstream dams to the region’s food security and people.

PR – Déjà Vu for the Mekong

A fisherman brings in his morning catch along the Mekong River
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
A recent site visit by International Rivers has confirmed that construction work towards the controversial Don Sahong Dam in Southern Laos has continued despite opposition from neighboring governments.

PR – First Complaint to Dutch Development Bank FMO Admitted

Barro Blanco Dam
Friday, June 13, 2014
FMO’s Independent Complaints Mechanism (ICM) determined that the complaint submitted by Panamanian indigenous communities has met its admissibility criteria and will move on to the next phase.

PR – HidroAysén Cancelled

Press Conference on June 9 with Senators and leaders of Patagonia Sin Represas.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Berkeley, US: Today Chile’s Committee of Ministers – the country’s highest administrative authority – cancelled the environmental permits for five controversial dams proposed on two of Chilean Patagonia’s wildest rivers – the culmination of an eight-year battle.

PR – 30 Years Too Long to Wait for Justice in Guatemala

Carlos Chen Osorio leads a procession to remember victims of the Chixoy Dam massacres.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Organizations around the world call on the World Bank to delay loan to Guatemala until reparations are paid to communities forcibly removed by Chixoy Dam.

PR – Lower Sesan 2 Developers Urged to Ensure Accountability for Severe Impacts

Monday, May 26, 2014
A group of 15 civil society organizations and lawyers from Cambodia and the region yesterday issued letters to the Chinese government and the corporate stakeholders developing the Lower Sesan II Hydropower Dam in Stung Treng Province, Cambodia, warning of the severe environmental and social impacts of the project together with a need for greater accountability by all stakeholders.

PR – Keep Dirty Energy Out of Green Climate Fund, Demand Activists and Community Groups

Thursday, May 15, 2014
A coalition of nearly 300 civil society organizations mainly from developing countries are raising alarms that the GCF could be used to finance projects that are just a little less dirty than ‘business as usual,’ including fossil fuels, dams, nuclear energy, and biomass, among others.

PR – Austrian Firm Violates Ethics Guidelines in Destructive Mekong Dam

Day of Action for Rivers events in Buengkhan province, Thailand call on Andritz not to destroy the Mekong
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
In a formal complaint filed today, communities and civil society groups reported that Austrian engineering giant Andritz AG's involvement in a controversial dam on the Mekong River violates international standards on ethical corporate conduct. Andritz supplies the key operating technology for the Xayaburi Dam in Laos.

PR – Mekong Leaders' Pliancy over Mainstream Dams a Blow for the River

Second Mekong River Commission Summit in Ho Chi Minh City
Saturday, April 5, 2014
While International Rivers is pleased that Mekong leaders recognize the negative environmental and social impacts that hydropower development poses to the mainstream, we are disappointed that leaders did not condemn the current rush of dam building on the Mekong mainstream.

PR - Regional Cooperation Needs Resuscitation At Mekong Summit

Thai Villagers Protest the Crisis Threatening the Mekong
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
On Saturday, the Prime Ministers of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, are expected to meet for the 2nd Summit of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) in Ho Chi Minh City. The Summit comes at a critical moment when regional cooperation and the Mekong River are on the brink of collapse. Leaders must condemn regional cooperation as it is and take a stand against the mainstream dams.


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