Save the Mekong : Say No to Xayaburi Dam

Exhibition/Action/Press Conference

Save the Mekong: Say NO to Xayaburi dam

 

Sunday 16 September 2012

Seminar on “Thailand’s Energy: Mekong Catastrophe”

 2 pm. at Library floor (L), Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Pathumwan Intersection

 

Ms. Omboon Thipsuna

Local Representative from Network of the Councils of Mekong Tambon Community Organisation in Thailand’s 7 Northern Provinces

Mr. Witoon Permpongsacharoen

Director, Mekong Energy and Ecology Network (MEE Net)

Ms. Nguy Thi Khanh

Director, GreenID, Vietnam River Network, VIETNAM

Mr. Meach Mean

Coordinator, 3SPN, CAMBODIA

Moderate by:

Mr. Srisuwan Kuankhachorn

Co-Director, Towards Ecological Recovery and Regional Alliance (TERRA)

 

Then, also Joining ACTION !

In front of Bangkok Art and Culture Centre and around Siam Square area

(4 pm. onward)

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Monday 17 September 2012

 Mekong People Meet the Prime Minister/Press Conference

 

Morning - Action in front of the Government House

and submitting the giant catfish petition postcard to the Prime Minister

(To be confirmed, further detail contact TERRA, address below)

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 3 pm. - Press Conference at Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT)

 

on “Meeting with Thai PM on Xayaburi dam: Is biggest energy consumer

listenting to voices of Mekong People?”

 

Mr. Ittiphol Khamsuk

Local Representative from Network of the Councils of Mekong Tambon Community Organisation in Thailand’s 7 Northern Provinces

Ms. Nguy Thi Khanh

GreenID/Vietnam River Network

Mr. Chith Sam Ath

ED, NGO Forum on Cambodia/River Coalition on Cambodia (RCC)

Ms. Premrudee Daoroung

Towards Ecological Recovery and Regional Alliance (TERRA)

 

For More information contact:

Premrudee Daoroung, Towards Ecological Recovery and Regional Alliance (TERRA) Tel: 081-4342334Or TERRA 02-6910718-20

Email: premrudee@terraper.org Website: www.terraper.org

 

 

 

The government of Laos is now going ahead with the construction of the 1,285-megawatt Xayaburi dam. If built, Xayaburi dam will be the first one built on the mainstream of the lower Mekong River. The dam is sited 200 km upstream from Chiang Khan district of Loei province of Thailand, which is in close proximity in regard to potential environmental impacts. More broadly, Xayaburi dam will affect livelihoods of the Thai people who live along the Mekong River in northern province of Chiang Rai and 7 northeastern provinces of Loei, Nong Khai, Bueng Kan, Nakorn Phanom, Mukdahan, Amnat Charoen and Ubon Ratchatani. These people depend on the Mekong River for various production activities including in particular fisheries and river bank cultivation. The dam operation will cause change to the river flow that usually varies seasonally but will, once dam is in place, then be controlled by the dam that will collect and release water on a daily basis.

Though Xayaburi dam is built in Lao territory and considered a Lao project, 95 % of its electricity output will be sold to Thailand. In October 2011, Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) signed the power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Xayaburi Power Company whose shares are owned by Thai entities. Ch. Karnchang PCL holds half of the shares, while other share holders include PTT subsidiary Nathee Synergy Co. EGAT subsidiary EGCO and PT Construction and Irrigation Co. Besides, four Thai commercial banks i.e. Krung Thai Bank, Bangkok Bank, Kasikorn Bank and Siam Commercial Bank collaborate to finance the project.

Thus, Thailand has direct responsibility for the progress of the project development. Lending support to such large dam as Xayaburi worth billions of dollars means massive impacts to lives of millions of people in the Mekong River basin in exchange of electricity generated in neighboring country to meet its endless thirst for energy.

In joining the campaigning on Xayaburi dam which has been going on in the past 2 years in all level from national, regional and Internationally, 8,000 people (mostly Thai) have signed the giant catfish postcards to say; 

 

 

 

 

To Prime Minister of Thailand 

Mekong is one of the world’s great rivers. It is a lifeline of the people of the six Mekong countries namely China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam including those in eight northern and northeastern provinces of Thailand. Communities along the Mekong River in these countries have been depending on the river as important sources of food and income. They have for generations preserved their traditional lifeways.

I do not agree to the proposed 12 large-scale hydropower dams on the mainstream of the Mekong River which will result in enormous loss of the peoples’ livelihood, fisheries and ecosystems. Therefore, I urge the government of Thailand to STOP supporting all these mainstream dam projects and halt its planned purchase of the power from “Xayaburi dam” currently being pushed in Laos. The government should consider sustainable energy alternatives, while respecting the rights of the people who depend on the Mekong River so that they can forever live their life in dignified manner.