PHNOM PENH, August 19, (Khmer Times) – The government of Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao) has agreed to temporarily stop the Don Sahong dam construction. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MFAIC) said it is due to concerns about environmental effect on the Mekong area.
This was announced after the meeting between Foreign Minister Hor Namhong and Lao’s Ambassador Prasith Sayasith on August 19.
The temporary (at first?) construction stop follows wide-spread concerns about the effects that the dam will have on the local environment, and on all ecosystems along the Mekong.
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and people from the area appealed to the Lao government to suspend further construction on the dam until exact scientific studies have been made.