Stakeholders discuss Oudomxay’s proposed Pakbaeng dam

Stakeholder groups met in Vientiane last week to learn about progress and responses on concerns raised at the 1st Regional Stakeholder Forum held in February in Luang Prabang to discuss the proposed dam in Oudomxay province. Meeting at the Mekong River Commission’s 2nd Regional Stakeholder Forum on the proposed Pakbaeng Hydropower Project, participants heard the preliminary assessment findings from MRC experts.
The assessment concerned the potential impacts of the dam on hydrology, hydraulics, sediment, dam safety, navigation, water quality, fisheries and socio-economic issues, according to a statement from the MRC.
“Globally, it is recognised that stakeholder participation is critical to sustainable and equitable development. But the effective involvement of stakeholders is perhaps even more important when it comes to the planning and implementing of hydropower projects in the Lower Mekong River Basin,” MRC Chief Executive Officer Dr Pham Tuan Phan said.

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