Over the past seven years, the majority of my time in the Mekong region has been spent in great awe of the Mekong River and the life, beauty and culture it supports. It’s a river of plenty – the Giant Mekong Catfish, mythical nagas that spew fireballs, and the endless green fields of rice that thrive off the river’s nourishment.
But the Mekong River and the millions of people it supports are now in jeopardy. In the next few months, regional governments will make a decision about whether to proceed with plans to build the Xayaburi Dam in northern Laos, the first of 11 dams planned for the Lower Mekong Mainstream.
In April, regional governments delayed a decision on the Xayaburi Dam, largely because of the huge public opposition from throughout the region and the world.
In the past few months Laos has been working hard to push the Xayaburi Dam forward, and illegal construction on access roads and work camps is continuing.
A healthy Mekong River is vital to the lives of millions in the Mekong Region. If the Xayaburi Dam is built it would open the floodgates for other Mainstream dams, which would irreversibly alter the entire river ecosystem.
We must act now to protect this vital lifesource for present and future generations. Please sign the petition urging the governments of Laos and Thailand to cancel the Xayaburi Dam.
For the Mekong and the millions that depend on it,
Southeast Asia Program Director
We must act now to protect this vital life source for present and future generations.
Please sign the petition below urging the governments of Laos and Thailand to cancel the Xayaburi Dam. Every additional signature makes the movement stronger.
Read the petition in: Khmer, Thai, Vietnamese and Lao