Govt looks to ease Mekong dam impacts

The Department of Fisheries will roll out a number of measures to help cushion the impacts of dam construction in the upper reaches of the Mekong River on Thai fishermen.

Department chief, Adisorn Promthep, said the measures will entail further diplomatic coordination with Laos — which hosts most of the dams — and stepping up existing conservation efforts.

“We need to discuss the urgent need to protect and preserve freshwater resources with Laos, as we have seen the impacts [of dam construction] first-hand, and we need to do something to lessen the impacts,” said Mr Adisorn at a press conference following a forum on the future of fisheries in the Mekong River yesterday.

Apinya Wipatayotin