Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mekong dam must not threaten fish and economy

Consultants planning to bid for a planned reappraisal of the controversial Xayaburi Dam proposal on the Mekong main stem need to commit to using current best practice in the hydropower industry, World Wildlife Fund  (WWF) has urged.

The call from WWF follows Mekong River Commission deferment of a decision on the dam amid mounting criticism from Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia, expert panels and environment and community groups of a lack of information on key potential dam impacts which could affect the food supplies and livelihoods of millions.

“Putting it frankly, the key documentation prepared by consultants for the promoters of this dam has been nowhere near international standards and it reflects very poorly on the consultants involved,” said Dr Jian-hua Meng, WWF International Sustainable Hydropower Specialist. Read more ...

This blog is written by Martin Little, The Aquaculturists, published and supported by the International Aquafeed magazine from Perendale Publishers

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