Forests have supported human life. People have lived in harmony with the forests, respecting the spirits of the land. But changes in Laos are beginning to change people's relationships with the forest.
The Don Sahong dam, a 260-megawatt project proposed on a site less than two kilometres north of the Cambodian-Lao border, is expected to begin construction this month.
Members of Save the Mekong Coalition gathered yesterday at a conference urging a moratorium on the dam until further studies could be conducted. more>
[添付]: in society, the environment and economic development,” said Hans Guttman, Chief Executive Officer of the Mekong River Commission Secretariat.<br><br> The leaders also prioritised further efforts to reduce the risks of floods and droughts and the effects of sea level rise in the Mekong Basin .<br><br> In battling the effects of natural disaster, leaders stressed that the Mekong Countries recognise that climate change will continue to alter the hydrological regime of the basin and consequently effect livelihoods and economies in the region.<br><br> The MRC will look ahead and set a clear direction, identifying new opportunities and addressing challenges to come up with the next strategic plan and to engage more meaningfully not only with development partners but also all other stakeholders, especially civil society.<br><br> The heads of government reaffirmed their political commitment to implement the 1995 Mekong Agreement and commit to enhance and strengthen the MRC’s relationships and cooperation with Dialogue Partners, China and Myanmar and Development Partners.<br><br> <STRONG>Note to editors:</STRONG> <br><br> The 2nd Summit gathers Prime Ministers of MRC Member Countries, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam and delegations from China and Myanmar along with other regional leaders, water experts and diplomats to address the most pressing issues on the Mekong River and its resources and set strategic directions and policy for the MRC.<br><br> <div align="center"><STRONG>Summary of the Ho Chi Minh Declaration Water, Energy and Food security in the context of climate change for the Mekong River Basin April 5 2014 </STRONG></div> <br><br> The Heads of the MRC Governments reaffirm the importance of the sustainable use and management of the water and related resources of the Mekong River Basin , and their political commitment to implement the 1995 Mekong Agreement, and also recognise the achievements made since the last Summit . The Declaration highlights the following issues:<br><br> <STRONG>·Regional opportunities and challenges over the next decade</STRONG> including population growth, increasing demand for water, food and energy and climate change. This will place burdens on the Mekong resources. New cooperation opportunities with other regional and international initiatives will be explored to face these challenges.<br><br> <STRONG>·Priority areas of action</STRONG> including the implementation of the MRC’s Council Study on Sustainable Management and Development of the Mekong River Basin, including the impacts of mainstream hydropower projects, and the Mekong Delta Study initiated by Viet Nam; furthering efforts in disaster risk reduction of floods and droughts; measures to maintain good water quality and avoid, reduce and mitigate risks to river ecology, food security and livelihoods; improving the implementation of the MRC Procedures; expanding cooperation with Dialogue and Development Partners.<br><br> <STRONG>·Moving ahead</STRONG> by committing to strengthen the role of the MRC in integrated water resources management and supporting the decentralisation process aimed at self-financing by 2030; prioritising capacity building for the Member Countries.<br><br> The Heads of Government agree to task the MRC Council to ensure the effective implementation of the Declaration through practical programmes and projects. The 3rd MRC Summit will take place in 2018 in Cambodia . The MRC is the intergovernmental body responsible for cooperation on the sustainable management of the Mekong Basin whose members include Cambodia , Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam . It is established to promote cooperation amongst the Member Countries and thus it is not a supra-national or regulatory body. <br><br> For more information please contact:<br> Mr. Surasak Glahan, Communication Officer<br> Office of the Secretariat in Vientiane Tel: +84 (0) 1677436063 (Vietnamese mobile number until April 5th)<br> Email: Surasak@mrcmekong.org -31 (0KB)