Tag: Dams

Chiang Khong Declaration on International Day of Action for Rivers 2017

On 14 March 2017, the International Day of Action for Rivers, we, the Save the Mekong Coalition along with civil society and community partners from Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, make this statement to express our gratitude to the Mekong River and the way of life she supports. The Mekong is our mother river, home to unique biodiversity and a lifeline for millions of people throughout the river basin. We recognize the efforts of Mekong communities who are working to protect and preserve the unique ecosystems and resources of the river for future generations.

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Environmental Protection by the Numbers: Vietnamese Journalists Learn to Use Data to Tell Stories

The remarkable pace and scale of economic development in Vietnam is increasingly impacting the environment and communities, and a team of Vietnamese journalists is ready to document these changes with data-driven stories.

From 26-28 October 2016 in Hanoi, Vietnam, USAID-supported Mekong Partnership for the Environment (MPE) partners PanNature and Internews’ Earth Journalism Network trained Vietnamese journalists and local NGOs on how to better source, analyze and incorporate environmental data to tell compelling stories.

Thirty journalists and representatives of environmental NGOs participated in the “Data for Environmental Journalism – From Vietnam to Mekong Perspective.” The workshop aimed to build journalists’ skills in using data to understand and describe environmental issues – particularly in stories about the costs and benefits of regional development projects such as dams, mines and power plants.

The participants learned to develop data-driven story ideas, visualize data through infographics, and use easy to understand language and comparisons to ensure audiences can relate to the data. They also explored the connection between local Vietnamese environmental concerns and regional development and its impacts.

Data for Environmental Journalism – From Vietnam to Mekong Perspective workshop in Hanoi, Vietnam (Photo: PanNature)

“The issues these journalists are reporting on are very complicated but extremely important,” said Do Hai Linh, who organized the event with PanNature. “To learn how to unpack the data and turn it into something compelling is a necessity for journalists covering environmental issues.”

The participants worked in groups to analyze datasets on development projects and their impacts, such as hydropower and forest data, and created draft data-driven stories, which organizers aim to have published in the coming weeks.

The workshop was also a networking platform for the local journalists and experts from across the region, who came to assist them with the stories, sources and information they need for environmental issues reporting.

The workshop is part of MPE’s Mekong Matters Journalism Network’s efforts to support environmental journalists from across the region in their reporting on development and environmental issues and it follows an MPE Data Journalism and advocacy workshop in Myanmar in June, led by Phandeeyar and Internews.

With support from MPE, PanNature is working on the local Vietnamese site of the OpenDevelopmentMekong family of open data portals bringing together hundreds of datasets related to development and the environment, to be launched in the coming months.

This is an outreach announcement from the USAID–funded Mekong Partnership for the Environment(MPE), a key supporter of The Mekong Eye.

Lead Photo: The participants worked together to create data-driven stories using provided environmental data (Photo: PanNature)

Source: Mekong Eye

Spotlight: China releases water to drought-stricken Mekong countries ahead of Lancang-Mekong cooperation meeting

China has started to discharge water into the lower reaches of the Mekong River to alleviate drought in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, as a major gesture before the first Lancang-Mekong cooperation (LMC) leaders’ meeting to be held in late March.

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ASEAN’s special role in managing energy decisions

Mekong countries’s chronic shortage of electricity which threatens to stymie economic growth, could be eased by pushing for acceleration of plans by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for a regional power grid. Cross-border electricity swaps are growing as the 10-country bloc moves towards the goal of a single market by the end of 2015. And hydropower is among those plans. However, Damming the Mekong River can causes widespread controversy in South East Asia. Lower Sesan 2 dam on Mekong river in Cambodia is a typical example.

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10 Reasons Why Climate Initiatives Should Not Include Large Hydropower Projects

Large hydropower projects are often propagated as a “clean and green” source of electricity by international financial institutions, national governments and other actors. They greatly benefit from instruments meant to address climate change, including carbon credits under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), credits from the World Bank’s Climate Investment Funds, and special financial terms from export credit agencies and green bonds. The dam industry advocates for large hydropower projects to be funded by the Green Climate Fund, and many governments boost dams as a response to climate change through national initiatives. For example, at least twelve governments with major hydropower sectors have included an expansion of hydropower generation in their reports on Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).

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Mekong River basin residents demand stop to upriver dams

Many people in Viet Nam, Thailand and Cambodia are demanding a stop to the construction of hydropower dams in the Mekong River basin, which they claim have destroyed their livelihoods.

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Immediate Release from Mekong People’s Forum

An Giang, Vietnam – More than 100 people gathered yesterday in An Giang, Vietnam for the historic Mekong People’s Forum: “Local Mekong People’s Voices: the message to Mekong governments on Mekong dams.” Participants included community members from the Tonle Sap lake, communities along the Mekong and 3S Rivers in Cambodia, from Northern and Northeastern Thailand’s communities along the Mekong and from An Giang, Dak Lak and Ca Mau, Vietnam. Most people have already experienced direct impacts from dams on the Mekong and its tributaries. The meeting marks the first time that communities from different Mekong countries have organized themselves to create a common platform from which to raise their concern regarding the impacts of existing and planned hydropower projects on the Mekong River.

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The New Mekong: Changes and Expectations

On Thursday, October 29, 2015, stakeholders and experts on hydropower development and water resources in the Lower Mekong River Basin participated in a panel discussion entitled, “The New Mekong: Changes and Expectations.” Panelists included Mr. Trinh Le Nguyen (People and Nature Reconciliation), Mr. Nguyen Hong Toan (former Vietnam National Mekong Committee Secretary-General), Dr. Richard Cronin (The Stimson Center), Dr. Tran Viet Thai (Institute for Foreign Policy and Strategic Studies), and Mr. Jake Brunner (IUCN). A few key themes and topics were reiterated throughout the discussion:

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Vietnam, riparian neighbors exert pressure on Laos over second Mekong dam

Plans for the second dam across the lower Mekong River continue to put Laos on a collision course with its neighbors and environmentalists who fear a damning frenzy would sabotage the livelihoods, fish species and farmland of around 60 million people.

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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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