Mekong dams; Chinese dams are already affecting Cambodian waterlevels.

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Mekong dams; Chinese dams are already affecting Cambodian waterlevels.

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:10 pm

And this is only a taste of things to come, as Laos continues to build dams and Cambodia plans to construct a dam at Sambor, Kratie which will threaten the last home of the Irrawaddy dolphins in the Cambodian stretch of the Mekong.
Together with climate change, the number of massive hydro-electric dams planned for the Mekong river are going to have a huge impact on all the fish, mammals and human beings who depend on South East Asia's giant river. SEA needs power certainly, but there is no oversight on the longterm consequences of the Mekong dam-building frenzy.

China Dam Construction Is Putting Pressure on Mekong River
by Aisha Down and Van Roeun | January 17, 2017

A cascade of six dams being built in southern China has caused significant changes to water levels in the Mekong River as far downstream as Cambodia, according to a study released by researchers from Finland and Laos.
Mekong water levels have increased during the dry season and decreased during the wet season at several sites on the river as a result of China’s dams, according to the study, which was released earlier this month.

Water levels in Kratie province, for example, have been 74 percent higher in the dry season over the past five years compared to the long-term average, the study says.

While there are some potential positive impacts—more water available during the dry season makes the river easier to navigate—the study says that overall the deviations threaten the livelihoods of those living on the river, destroy fish habitats and unpredictably flood houses and fields.

Maureen Harris, the Southeast Asia program director for the NGO International Rivers, agreed that the dams in China were causing irregular spikes in water levels as they discharged water from their reservoirs.

“Some people have had property destroyed from these fluctuations. Some have lost shopfronts, lost farms,” Ms. Harris said.

Ms. Harris, whose NGO has worked extensively with communities affected by hydropower projects on the Mekong, said the Chinese dams often released water without warning, with no information reaching those whose rice fields, fish traps and water buffaloes might be affected.

“China’s been quite resistant to engaging in multilateral platforms. There’s been some recent data-sharing…but the information is inadequate,” Ms. Harris said...

https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/chin ... er-123538/
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Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Wed Jan 18, 2017 8:07 pm

The Thais are also concerned about Chinese influence on the Mekong - but not the Thai government for some reason.

Thailand’s Military Government Ignoring the Risks on the Mekong River to Appease China

CHIANG RAI – The Prayut Chan-o-cha Government made an out-of-the-blue decision that paves the way for the demolition of the Mekong River’s rocky outcrops for the sake of “improved waterway navigation” near Chang Saen, Chiang Rai.

Thailand’s Military installed governments backing of China’s blasting plan of the Mekong River inlet in Chiang Rai is not only a danger to wildlife and fish habitat, it will threaten food resources for riverside communities.

The Network of Thai People in Eight Mekong Provinces and an alliance of community organizations from the Mekong Basin opposes the plan. The group says the clearing of islets would also accelerate the river flow, which could trigger erosion in the river bank. The navigation of large ships along the route would also make it difficult for locals to travel by boat in the area.

The Network says the justification offered is both weak and unjustified. The public was neither consulted nor informed while the well-being of the ecology of the world’s tenth longest river is at risk. And the party gaining the most significant trade benefits will obviously be China...
http://www.chiangraitimes.com/thailands ... china.html

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Chinese dams blamed for exacerbating Southeast Asian drought https://cambodiaexpatsonline.com/topic8337.html
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Re: Mekong dams; Chinese dams are already affecting Cambodian waterlevels.

Post by SinnSisamouth » Wed Jan 18, 2017 9:20 pm

those dolphins will al be eaten soon anyway.

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