The newly proposed Don Sahong Dam could herald the extinction of the rare and revered Mekong Irrawaddy dolphins. Today, just 85 survive in a small stretch of the Mekong River. The sound waves from the initial explosions to clear tons of rock could potentially kill dolphins equipped with highly sensitive hearing. Later, they will have to survive increased boat traffic, changes in water quality, and habitat destruction.
Don Sahong dam is not just bad news for Mekong dolphins: it will have dire consequences for the food security and livelihoods of people, particularly Cambodians, who rely on the Mekong River’s rich fisheries.
The clock is ticking. Construction of Don Sahong is scheduled to begin this year.
Mega First, the project developers, have never built a dam. And they have not satisfied calls by governments and civil society groups for proper transboundary studies to understand the impact and consequences of the proposed dam.
Local communities living along the Mekong River have been voicing their concerns over impacts of the dam on fisheries and other River’s resources that their livelihoods depends on. Mekong dolphins have great cultural significance to local communities and bring tangible livelihood benefits. Dolphin-watching tours are a major contributor to growth, bringing in much needed income to local communities.
Watch these videos of community testimonial and support our online petition at cambodia.panda.org