The Don Sahong Dam and Mekong Fisheries

Friday, June 1, 2007
A science brief from the WorldFish Center exploring the potential impact of the proposed Don Sahong hydroelectric dam on the fisheries of the Lower Mekong River Basin. Key messages are: If built, the Don Sahong dam would be the first dam on the mainstream of the Lower mekong RiverThe Hoo Sahong channel, the site of the proposed dam, plays an especially important role in fish migration basinwide.The Lower Mekong Basin hosts the most productive freshwater fishery in the world, contributing substantially to national and regional economies, food security and rural livelihoods.There are no effectiv

The Amazon River´s Largest Tributary is under Threat

Monday, September 10, 2007
Publication by International Rivers, Friends of the Earth Amazonia, Friends of the Earth Brazil and others sounds an alert to the threat posed by dams planned for the Madeira River

Independent Experts Find Fatal Flaws in Amazon Dam Studies

Monday, November 13, 2006
A group of independent experts -- including internationally-renowned authorities on the Amazon -- have found serious errors and omissions in the environmental impact assessment (EIA) for Brazil’s massive Madeira River hydroelectric project. The experts found the EIA to be inadequate, and recommend that additional studies be undertaken to evaluate the project’s impacts. The independent studies were commissioned by the Rondônia Public Attorney’s office, and financed by the consortium seeking to build the dams. Brazil’s environmental protection agency, IBAMA, is currently holding public

Burma's Salween Dams Threaten Over Half a Million Lives Downstream

Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Over half a million city residents, farmers, and fisher folk living at the mouth of the Salween River in Burma stand to lose their major source of drinking water, agricultural productivity, and fish stocks if dams planned upstream go ahead. In the Balance, a report released today by the Mon Youth Progressive Organization (MYPO), reveals how people living on the river’s banks, tributaries, and islands rely on the Salween estuary, where the fresh water of the Salween meets salt water of the Andaman Sea, and how their lives are intricately linked with the seasonal flows and daily tides of the r

Independent Technical Review: NT2 Reservoir Fisheries Plan

Tuesday, February 1, 2005
IRN and Environmental Defense commissioned an independent review of the Nam Theun 2 reservoir fisheries predictions in the Social Development Plan (SDP) and the Environmental Assessment and Management Plan (EAMP). A reservoir fishery is one of the primary mitigation features for approximately 6,200 people which currently utilize the area to be flooded by the Nam Theun 2 reservoir. The review found that the years immediately after filling are not modeled, and the reservoir will likely be predominantly anoxic during this period. At best, a relatively simple ecosystem will develop in the long-ter

Independent Technical Review: NT2 Impacts on Xe Bang Fai Fisheries

Saturday, January 1, 2005
IRN and Environmental Defense commissioned an independent review of the NT2 Environmental Assessment and Management Plan's (EAMP) predictions of fisheries impacts in the Xe Bang Fai river. The review concludes that NT2 is likely to have multiple serious, negative impacts on the aquatic resources of the Xe Bang Fai, Nam Phit and other downstream river basins. The probable result will be, as predicted in the project’s Social Development Plan, a "collapse in the aquatic food chain" from the Nam Phit down to the Mekong confluence. Despite these dire predictions, the EAMP – the document which s

Fluvicide: An Independent Environmental Assessment of Nam Theun 2 Hydropower Project In Laos

Wednesday, September 1, 2004
"Nam Theun 2 is the Laotian version of Thailand’s infamous Pak Mun Dam. UnlikePak Mun, which kills fish and other aquatic organisms only in one river, the Mun, NamTheun 2 hydropower project is brilliantly designed to kill them in three separate rivers: NamTheun, Xe Bang Fai, and Nam Hinboun. No matter how badly Nam Theun 2 turns out,however, the World Bank predictably will represent it as another one of its success stories."

The People and Their River

Thursday, November 15, 2001
A Survey of River-Based Livelihoods in the Xe Bang Fai River Basin in Central Lao PDRBy Bruce Shoemaker, Ian G. Baird and Monsiri Baird

A Monitoring Study to Assess The Localized Impacts Created by The Nam Theun-Hinboun Hydro-Scheme On Fisheries

Tuesday, June 1, 1999
This study was prepared by the Theun–Hinboun Power Company’s fisheries specialist, Terry Warren. The Theun-Hinboun Power Company and Asian Development Bank refused to publish this study, presumably because they were not happy with its results and recommendations.


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