The 11th Regional Stakeholder Forum (RSF) of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) will be held on Nov. 29-30, 2021 via physically and virtually.

This forum will provide a unique opportunity for stakeholders to exchange views on responsible hydropower development and management including the 684-megawatt Sanakham dam that the Lao Government has proposed to build on the mainstream of the Mekong River, and create a platform for stakeholders to voice concerns and recommendations on the proposed dam.

MRC Secretariat Chief Executive Officer An Pich Hatda encouraged everyone to join the discussion and make their voice heard.

“As a Mekong citizen, we all have a collective responsibility to safeguard the Mekong River and ensure its sustainability and the livelihoods of people not only during this generation but many more to come,” he said.

Around 200 participants are expected to attend the second day, including community representatives, international and local NGOs, CSOs, academia, the private sector, development partners, and the media.

The Sanakham dam estimated to cost just over US$2 billion is the sixth project in the MRC’s six-month Prior Consultation (PC) process that is tentatively scheduled to conclude in January 2022.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press

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