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April 14, 2011

His Excellency Pich Dun, Interim CEO Mekong River Commission

Subject: PNCPA Process Submittal Petition on Xayaburi Dam

Your Excellency:

Next week, the governments of Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam
will meet to decide whether to build the first dam on the lower Mekong
mainstream – the Xayaburi Dam. This dam would devastate the river’s
rich fisheries and directly impact millions of people.

The consultants to the Mekong River Commission recommended in the 2010
Strategic Environmental Assessment that no dams should be constructed
for 10 years and more study is needed. International scientists from
around the also agree that dams on the lower Mekong mainstream would
damage the Mekong river’s rich biodiversity.

The Viet Ecology Foundation as an international NGO would like to
submit this letter to the Mekong River Commission to urge the Lao
government to put the plan to build the Xayaburi dam on hold for 10
years according to the 2010 SEA report.


Long P. Pham, P.E.
VEF Chairman

Submitted to:

Mr Surasak Glahan,
Communication Officer (Office of the Secretariat in Vientiane)
Tel: +856 21 263 263, Ext. 4702
Email: Surasak@mrcmekong.org
Ms Tiffany Hacker, Communication Officer (Office of the Secretariat in
Tel: +856 21 263 263, Ext.4703
Email: Tiffany@mrcmekong.org
From: Long P. Pham

Subject: Xayaburi Dam PNCP Process Submittal

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