Mekong River Commission Says Dams Are Causing of Sharp Shifts in Water Levels

The Mekong River Commission Tuesday acknowledged that climate change played a role in this year’s widely varying water levels on the Mekong, but said that dam construction was the main culprit in sharp water level increases and decreases, emphasizing a need for data-sharing between countries.

The remarks came during a conference in Vientiane to report on the six-month prior consultation process for Laos’ Luangprabang hydropower project, a formal hurdle the project has to clear before construction can begin.

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Eugene Whong