Regional Public Forum on The Don Sahong Dam in Lao PDR

Regional Public Forum on

"The Don Sahong Dam in Lao PDR:
Perspectives from Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam"

At 8.30-16.30 on 19 February 2014
Room 105 at Maha Chulalongkorn Building Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok


Towards Ecological Recovery and Regional Alliance, Foundation for Ecological Recovery; Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, Chulalongkorn University;International Rivers; Chula Global Network; Asian Public Intellectual Fellowships

Schedule and concept note

Public statement: “Stop Mekong Mainstream Dams - Stop All Investment” by representatives from Mekong local people and NGOs

On 30 September 2013, Lao PDR submitted a “Notification” via Mekong River Commission (MRC) to other member countries, indicating its intent to proceed with the Don Sahong Hydropower Project. But Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam expressed concerns over immediate impacts posed by the 256MW Don Sahong Dam on Mekong’s most abundant aquatic environment known as Siphandone and local communities. The three countries demanded Lao PDR to seek for “Prior Consultation” and conduct further feasibility study and more thorough environmental and social impact assessment of the project.

This regional public forum aims to improve understanding of the public all relevant actors in Thailand and other Mekong countries about the Don Sahong Hydropower Project. It further calls for an emphasis on the studies of Mekong dam projects and their impacts on aquatic resources and local livelihoods in affected area conducted by local communities and experts as a crucial factor for any decision on large-scale hydropower projects.


  1. Background and Current Situation of Mekong Mainstream Dam Projects by Mr. Montree Chantawong, Towards Ecological Recovery and Regional Alliance (TERRA), Foundation for Ecological Recovery
  2. Understanding Hydrology and Water Flow of Siphandone by Dr. Chaiyuth Suksri, Department of Water Resources Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University (File 1, File 2)
  3. Mekong Fisheries and the Current Situation On Mekong Mainstream Dams by Mr. Chheng Phen, Acting Director of Inland Fisheries Research and Development Institute (IFReDI), Fisheries Administrative, Cambodia
  4. Community-led Research on Impacts of Dam Projects and Flooding in Mekong by Ms. Ormbun Thipsuna, representative from Network of Community Organization Council of Seven Northeastern Provinces in Mekong Basin (Nongkhai Province)
  5. The Disappearance of Flooding Season in the Mekong Delta: The Situation of Rice Field and Mekong Delta With Unusual Flooding Introduction and discussion by Mr. Nguyễn Hoàng Long, Center for Water Resources Conservation and Development (WARECOD) (Documentary film: Part 123)
  6. Situation, Concerns and Recommendations on Mekong Mainstream Dams: Perspectives From Civil Society Groups
    1. River, fish, human, and dams by Ms. Sompharn Kundee, from Pak Mun Dam Network, Thailand
    2. Mekong Mainstream Dams from Cambodian CSO’s perspective by Mr. Youk Senglong, Fishery Action Coalition Team (FACT)/River Coalition in Cambodia


  1. Map of Mekong Mainstream Dams
  2. MRC’s press release: Taking Don Sahong project to ministerial level
  3. Statement of Lao Delegation at Special MRC JC Meeting, 16 January 2014
  4. Comments of Cambodia Delegation on the Proposed Don Sahong Hydropwer Project, 16 January 2014
  5. Open Letter: 103 Thai Civil Society Groups Urge Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to Stop Don Sahong Hydropower Project, 18 November 2013
  6. Letter to Mekong Heads of Government demanding an immediate cancellation of the Don Sahong Dam by Save the Mekong Coalition, 1 November 2013
  7. International scientists’ letter to Government and International Agencies on Don Sahong Dam, 25 May 2007
  8. Sweden to MRC: Be a more active broker, 2013
  9. Don Sahong Dam’s background and project description by The Rivers Coalition in Cambodia and International Rivers
  10. The Don Sahong Dam and the Irrawaddy Dolphins by WWF, September 2007
  11. The Don Sahong Dam and Mekong Fisheries by WorldFish Center, June 2007


Opponents seek halt to Mekong dams
Bangkok Post 20 February 2014

Public forum calls for halt to Mekong dams
Phnom Penh Post 20 February 2014