Tag: Hydropower and energy

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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Statement from Vietnamese Non-governmental organizations to the Mekong River Commission

On the occasion of Mekong River Commission’s (MRC) Regional Stakeholder Forum on the Procedures for Notification, Prior Consultation and Agreement (PNPCA) for the Pak Beng hydropower project and MRC Council Study (CS) on February 22-23, 2017 in Luang Prabang, Vietnamese Non-Government Organizations and individuals who are interested in sustainable water resource management in the Mekong region, present the following public statement to MRC:

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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

Open Letter from Save the Mekong Coalition to the developers of the Don Sahong Dam

The Save the Mekong Coalition has issued an Open Letter to the developers of the Don Sahong Dam to express our serious and ongoing concerns over the development of the project.

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Letters from the Mekong: A Call for Strategic Basin-Wide Energy Planning in Laos

This issue brief—the third in Stimson’s “Letters from the Mekong” series—continues to challenge the prevailing narrative that the current rapid pace of dam construction on the Mekong River in mainland Southeast Asia will continue until the entire river is turned into a series of reservoirs.

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Video: Expert Commentaries on Mekong Hydropower Development (3)

Interviewed Mrs Premrudee Daorung (Toward Ecological Recovery and Regional Alliance – TERRA, Thailand) on Mekong Hydropower Development.

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Video: Expert Commentaries on Mekong Hydropower Development (1)

Interviewed Mrs Ame Trandem (International Rivers) on Mekong Hydropower Development.

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Video: Expert Commentaries on Mekong Hydropower Development (2)

Interviewed Mr Senglong Youk (Fisheries Action Coalition Team – FACT, Campuchia) on Mekong Hydropower Development.

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Saving the Highlands from drought

Intensifying the protection of forests in the Central Highlands from encroachment by hydro power plants, illegal deforestation and unplanned agricultural development would be the key to preserving water in this drought hit region, experts have said.

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Polluting investment projects ‘slip through net’ as regulations remain unclear

No legal document specifying which technologies can or cannot not be imported to Vietnam exists. This ambiguity has hindered Vietnam from ‘filtering’ projects that could cause pollution.

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