Laos presents details for other Mekong countries on proposed dam

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) held a forum last week in Laos to discuss with other Mekong nations before going ahead with construction of a Luang Prabang hydropower project on Mekong River.

The Lao government presented detail of the Luang Prabang hydropower project in the ninth Mekong River Regional Stakeholder Forum, which was held from Wednesday to Thursday in Luang Prabang province, some 220 km north of Lao capital Vientiane, local daily Vientiane Times reported on Monday.

Laos briefed representatives of Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand, civil society, academics, the private sector and development partners of details of the hydropower plant for comment.

In response to Lao government’s engagement in the forum, representatives of the Mekong countries said they appreciated Lao’s presentation of the facts for them to review. They also wanted the Lao government to address the potential impact of the Luang Prabang dam on downstream Mekong countries.

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