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Lao Hydro Dam to Seriously Affect Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

Laos has officially announced its plan to develop the Don Sahong hydropower project on the Mekong River, and this project will be seriously affect Vietnam’s agriculture and aquatic resources in the Mekong Delta region, experts have warned.

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Stop building Mekong River dams: experts

Townships along the Mekong River should suspend the construction of dams, which negatively impacts both the environment and residents near the river’s lower basin, said experts at yesterday’s seminar on the construction of the Don Sahong hydropower plant.

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Vietnam Farmers Bristle at Laos’s Planned Mekong River Dam

Residents of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta have raised objections to the Don Sahong hydropower dam that Laos plans to build on the Mekong River’s main stream. The objections came in late November after the Hanoi-based Green Innovation and Development Center, the Center for Biodiversity and Development at Vietnam Rivers Network, and local authorities finished a nearly two-week survey in communes in Can Tho and the five provinces of Ca Mau, Soc Trang, An Giang, Kien Giang, Vinh Long.

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Workshop Talks Environmental Right Protection

A workshop was held in Hanoi on November 27 to seek to perfect a legal system to protect the environment as well as legitimate rights and interests of the community. Co-organised by the the People and Nature Reconciliation (PanNature) and the Justice Initiative Facilitation Fund (JIFF), the event brought together more than 100 delegates from State management agencies, the central justice agency, research institutions and non-governmental organisations.

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Conservation Challenges From Development Projects

Minimising the adverse impacts of development projects on the environment and natural resources is a pressing issue that needs to be addressed urgently, experts said at a workshop in Hanoi on November 14.

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Vietnam’s Mekong Delta ‘doomed’: conservationists

Vietnamese environmentalists say the hydropower race unfolding on the lower Mekong River will destroy the delta’s downstream economy. Experts at a Tuesday conference in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang called the dams “bombs” looming over millions of people, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported.

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Hoa Binh hosts community consultation on forest protection

A seminar was held in the northern province of Hoa Binh on September 16 to announce the results of a community consultation on the 2004 Law on Forest Protection and Development.

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Poor supervision over mining allows many to get rich

A lack of transparency in exploiting natural resources has resulted in large amounts of revenues from mineral exploitation flowing into the pockets of individuals instead of State coffers.

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Resources sector needs oversight

The seminar was organised by the People and Nature Reconciliation, a Vietnamese not-for-profit organisation which was established in 2004 with an aim to protect and conserve diversity of life and improve human well-being in Viet Nam.

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Laos continues building hydropower dam in Mekong River

Laos is continuing to build Don Sahong dam in the mainstream Mekong River regardless of objections and consultation requests from neighboring countries, the International Rivers Network said in a statement.

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