Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam have urged Laos to better assess transboundary impacts, and strengthen proposed measures to reduce any negative effect as it moves ahead with the construction of a dam.
At a special joint committee session of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) earlier this week, the three countries said they appreciated Laos’ submission of the 1,460MW Luang Prabang hydropower project for prior consultation.
According to a MRC press release on July 1, they praised Laos for its cooperation in providing additional data and documents, as well as its willingness to accommodate comments and recommendations from the member countries.
“The committee called on Laos to consider and address the comments and recommendations that were made in a technical review report and the official reply forms of the notified countries.
“The statement reflects stakeholders’ concerns and suggestions gathered from regional and national consultations.